Vigils held for 2 Katy ISD teens killed in crash; Driver hires lawyer

By Syan Rhodes - Anchor/Reporter, Haley Hernandez - Health Reporter

KATY, Texas - Students at two Katy Independent School District high schools returned to class Monday while mourning the loss of two classmates killed in a weekend crash.

Trent Weber, a 17-year-old student at Seven Lakes High School, and Terra Kubala, a 16-year-old sophomore at Cinco Ranch High School, died after the truck they were in rolled three times along Luna Vista Lane in Fort Bend County Sunday morning.

The driver, an 18-year-old student at Seven Lakes, was behind the wheel of a Toyota Tundra with five teens in the cab and as many as 10 in the bed of the truck, according to investigators.

At the crash site Monday, Kubala's older brother, Nick Grantges, came face to face with the driver.

"I said, 'That was my sister,' and they just both looked at me and didn't say nothing just kept walking," Grantges said.

The teen driver returned to the scene with his attorney, prominent criminal defense lawyer Dan Cogdell.

Cogdell told Local 2 his client was "not doing well" and that they were on scene beginning their own investigation into the crash.

The Fort Bend County Sheriff's Office says they tested the driver for alcohol, but have not released the results.

Grantges said he wants the driver to face consequences for his actions, but so far no charges have been filed.

Vigils held

Through a symphony of song, prayer and tears, classmates, teammates and friends said goodbye to Trent Weber on Sunday night at Seven Lakes High School.

"Everybody loved that kid, everybody loved him, everybody was his friend because he was so kind to everyone," said Weber's teammate, Andy Garcia.

Weber, 17, was a senior and a talented wide receiver on The Seven Lakes High Varsity Football team.

His coaches say not only could he catch a ball at almost any angle, earning him the nickname Spiderman, he captured hearts all over his school with his kind, playful personality.

"He was so kind to everyone. No matter who you were," said student Evan Brooks.

Early Sunday morning, just after midnight, Weber was killed along with 16-year-old Terra Kabala, a sophomore at Cinco Ranch High School.

Authorities with the Fort Bend Sheriff's Office say the two died when they were thrown from the bed of a Toyota Pickup truck they had been riding in with between six and eight other teens.

In addition, investigators say there may have been up to five more teens riding in the cab of the truck at the time.

Accident investigators say the truck lost control and flipped a total of three times.

Sunday night at Cinco Ranch High School, more than 300 friends and classmates met to pay tribute to Terra, a girl they say could light up the entire school with her million-dollar smile.

"She was just an unbelievable person, just an unbelievable individual," says J.J. Haynie, Terra's former junior high school basketball coach.

"She will be in our hearts forever," says Samantha Garcia, a friend of Terra's. "And we will never, ever, forget her."

Grief counselors will be on hand at both Cinco Ranch High School and Seven Lakes High School to offer aid to students.

The cause of the crash is under investigation by the Fort Bend County Sheriff's Department.

A GoFundMe account has been set up for Kubala's memorial fund.

A YouCaring memorial fundraiser has been set up for Weber.

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