A 15-year-old Palestine High School student injured in a wreck that claimed the lives of three local teens two weeks ago has been released from a Dallas hospital.

Christa Denman, 15, of Palestine was released from Parkland Hospital in Dallas Tuesday, according to a hospital spokesperson.

Denman had been hospitalized there since the single-vehicle wreck which occurred on Sept. 11 outside of Elkhart.

Killed in the wreck were Sadie Warren, 16, of Elkhart; Kelsi Lynn Seal, 15, of Palestine; and Evan Joseph Luna, 15, of Palestine.

Seal and Luna were students at Palestine High School, while Warren was a student at Elkhart High School.

The wreck occurred shortly before 10 p.m. on Sept. 11 when a 2003 Chevrolet Cavalier operated by 16-year-old Brandon Michael Love of Palestine traveled through a stop sign at the intersection of CR 133 and Texas 294, approximately 1.5 miles west of Elkhart, before striking a tree and overturning multiple times, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety.

Love, who was wearing a seatbelt according to the DPS, was treated and released at Palestine Regional Medical Center following the wreck.

Denman and the vehicle’s sixth occupant, 15-year-old Charles Michael Defore of Palestine, were lifeflighted to Parkland Hospital in Dallas after initially being transported to PRMC.

Defore was released from Parkland three days after the wreck.

Palestine school officials are uncertain when Denman might be able to return to school.

PISD Superintendent Dr. Thomas A. Wallis thanked the community for their outpouring of support during a difficult time.

“I really want to thank the community for the support they’ve shown for the loss of our children,” Wallis said.


Paul Stone may be contacted via e-mail at pstone@palestineherald.com

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