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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Two from Maud die in Texas crash

  • A 2009 Maud graduate and a Maud teenager who would have begun her senior year at school today were killed in a crash Tuesday near Wichita Falls, Texas.
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  • A 2009 Maud graduate and a Maud teenager who would have begun her senior year at school today were killed in a crash Tuesday near Wichita Falls, Texas.
    Lacy Mullings, 17, and Cody Goss, 23, died at the scene of that accident, along with the driver of another pickup. The crash is under investigation by the Texas Department of Public Safety.
    Maud Superintendent Jerry McCormick said counselors would be available for students as they return to classes today. Goss was a well-known football player when he attended Maud; Mullings was football manager for the team.
    “It’s a very tragic situation — we pray for the families,” McCormick said, hoping they can all be there for each other during this time. “There’s a tremendous amount of support for the families and our students.”
    Maud Football Coach Bruce Harrell knew both students as well as their families. He coached Goss for three years and said Mullings loved her work as football manager and was preparing for the upcoming season.
    Harrell said he received a phone call from Goss just a few days ago and even asked him to come by for a visit. Now Harrell is remembering Goss through fond memories, including a time they went fishing together.
    “He caught 100 to my 10,” the coach said.
    “Cody was so comical — it was a barrel of laughs with him every time,” the coach said.
    He said Mullings had a “great heart,” and although she was a quiet person until people got to know her, he described her as a “sweetheart.”
    McCormick described Mullings as a “great kid” who always had a smile. Harrell said Mullings’ two brothers, including her twin, are current members of the football team.
    Harrell, who said he also coached with Goss’s brother, spoke of Goss making the 8-man All-State football team in 2008 and also being named Maud’s Most Valuable Player. In such a small community where many people are related or everyone knows everyone else, Harrell said this tragedy has affected someone in Maud one way or another.
    “We’ll take it one day at a time — we’ve got to endure,” he said, although he added, “that’s easier said than done.”
    Harrell said Goss had taken up racecars so he and Mullings were going to pick up a racecar in Texas when the accident occurred.
    The two were in a pickup pulling a trailer and were traveling westbound along U.S. 82 between Wichita Falls and Seymour, Texas.
    Page 2 of 2 - Texas State Trooper Tony Fulton said Goss and Mullings were behind another westbound pickup that was pulling a trailer when an eastbound pickup crossed the centerline and first struck the trailer in front of them, then struck their pickup head on.
    Fulton said both Goss and Mullings were pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the eastbound pickup also died at the scene, Fulton said, and a passenger from that truck, which caught fire at the scene, was critically injured.
    Although the trailer of the pickup in front of Goss and Mullings was hit and it ran off the road, no injuries were reported from that vehicle, Fulton said.
    The accident occurred on a curve along that two-lane highway, Fulton said.
    As the Maud community mourns this loss, Harrell said they are still recovering from the death of another student just a year ago as he remembered Talon Fletcher, 17, who was killed in an ATV accident in May 2013.
    As students head back to school today, McCormick said the director of the Oklahoma Critical Incident Network, a trauma counselor from Shawnee and members of the Pottawatomie County Health Team will be on campus to assist students.
    There’s been no word yet on funeral services for Goss and Mullings.
     
     
     
     
     

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