TATUM – A former high school cheerleader died of injuries sustained in a one-vehicle accident near Kilgore. 

Lela Justeen Burney, 19, of Tatum was traveling southeast on FM-2011 when she is believed to have lost control of the vehicle as the road curved and traveled into the south ditch where the vehicle struck a tree, according to a Texas Department of Safety report.

The accident occurred at shortly before 9 p.m. Friday.

Troopers responded to the crash nine miles east of Kilgore in Rusk County.  

The investigators preliminary report indicates that Burney was driving a 2006 Mazda M6I. 

She was transported to Good Shepard Medical Center – Longview where she was later pronounced by Judge Tim Bryan.  The crash remains under investigation.

According to a Tatum ISD Facebook post, a GoFundMe account has been established. 

The DPS urges all motorists to reduce their speed especially on wet roadways.

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