A late-night accident on Friday, February 7, has two high schools at a loss for words and full of emotions. Two teenagers were involved in a vehicle accident that occurred around 11:41 p.m. at the intersection of Bullard Avenue and Armstrong Avenue in Clovis.
Clovis Police Department was finally able to identify the teenagers on Saturday morning. Jack Schwass, a 17-year-old attending Gateway High School, and Thomas Brown, a 16-year-old from Clovis High School, were both pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.
The Clovis Police Department has yet to uncover the true cause of the accident. The boys were in a 2001 Jaguar 3 Series car when they crashed into a tree. The boys were pinned in the vehicle and the car was badly damaged in the accident.
It was only after the Clovis Fire Department and American Ambulance personnel arrived that the boys were pronounced dead.
The Clovis Unified School District released a statement about the accident on Saturday. They expressed that their hearts are broken as they mourn the loss of the two teenagers. They are providing extra counseling staff for students in order to help them grieve.
They went on to describe how Brown was an honor student and an athlete. That Schwass had been a part of the Clovis Unified School District since kindergarten.
The Clovis Police Department and their investigators are still trying to find out what caused the accident. They are not sure if drugs and/or alcohol played a factor in the crash or if they simply lost control of the vehicle. Updates will be made as the information becomes available to the public.