Crash lands recent Wylie East grad in coma, takes cousin's life

A recent high school graduation weekend ended in sadness rather than celebration.

On June 6, a Wylie East High School senior walked across the graduation stage. The next afternoon, he was in a bad crash that landed him in the hospital in a coma and his young cousin on life support.

His cousin died days later.

Family members say Tyler Lanier was driving with his cousin, Blake Casbeer, on Firewheel Parkway between Mars and Crossland in Garland when the crash happened.

While detectives haven't finished the accident report, Brooke Cooper, a witness, says it involved another truck. Witnesses say that other truck is suspected of running Lanier off the road.

Cooper says she and her roommate, a former EMT, saw Lanier moving just after the crash happened.

"He was like, ‘There's a passenger! There's a passenger!'" said Cooper.

But Casbeer wasn't moving.

Lanier was flown to the hospital, spending a day in a coma suffering from broken bones and a collapsed lung. He is improving, but Casbeer was taken off life support Wednesday.

Cooper says a boy was killed way too young because of a driver suspected of driving too fast.

People in the area say that drivers tend to go faster than the 45 mph speed limit on Firewheel Parkway.

"To still see cars flying through here like it's nothing bothers me a lot," said Cooper.

Lanier's family says he's finally speaking.

Friday morning, he even asked for chocolate milk and got some through a feeding tube, but recovery will take many painful and costly surgeries.

That's why a fund is set up to help pay for those and funeral expenses for Casbeer at http://www.gofundme.com/tylerwlanier 




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