So sad, he was a good guy! I pray for his family and friends.
Terrible when someone that is just starting there life passes away! I wonder if alcohol was invloved.
Barry, please monitor the comments. He is the son a of a DISD teacher. So sad, will be praying for the family.
He leaves behind a 2 year old and his wife, who is expecting their second child. So very very SAD! Prayers for his family and his mother who teaches at DHS. We love you.
The star telegram says speed was a factor and the man driving was released from the hospital shortly after. If alcohol was involved that would have been additional information that was contributed by the police report to the story as it clearly refers to the police report. Speed, corvette, wet roads, and testoterone sounds like enough reasons why does it always have to be alcohol related?
Kent was a friend and he will be missed. To all reading this, don't drink and drive. The person that pays the price for your actions isn't always you. That isn't something you want to live with for the rest of your life. Pray for his children and his family. They will have a big void to fill with his loss.
I get so ticked when people automatially start talking about DRINKING AND DRIVING!!! Texting causes just as many accidents....listen to the news, people! Start getting as upset about your stupid kids texting as you do about someone drinking and driving!
Kent's mom is the greatly loved and adored teacher Teresa Powell. Kent was a great kid who had built a wonderful life with his wife, child, and waiting for the new one.Love and prayers to all of their family. Wish there was a way to ease the terrible pain.
Kent was such a sweet guy. I am sending out love to his mother- who is a fantastic teacher.
11:57They can't say alcohol is involved until the results get back from the lab; if he went to the hospital,they drew his blood and if there was alcohol than that will be the contributing factor. By the way, most people aren't out at 1 in the morning unless they have been drinking!
Has anyone tried those new Doritos?
Check out Decatur HS's latest facebook post. Unbelievable that a school would hold a flu shot clinic for Athletes, what about the rest of the students?
12:04 Kent and the driver are both friends of mine also. Why do you say don't drink and drive? The police report doesn't say anything about drinking and driving it just says speed was a factor.
A Corvette, huh? If that would have been a sport bike (aka crotch rocket, ninja bike) that killed someone you bunch of bigots would have been all over the vehicle. Where's the hue and cry about outlawing vets?
We were devastated to hear of Kent's death. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family. Ms. Powell, you are loved by our family and we wish to hold you up in prayer.
R.I.P Kent...You will be greatly missed. Prayer goes out to the family. 1:48 SHUT UP!!!! Ur a prick.
Lesson for everyone...BUCKLE UP every time you ride in a vehicle.
Kent was a really nice guy and will be missed terribly. I will continue to pray for all of his loved ones.
mzchief hit the nail on the head. I think this story would have a different outcome if seatbelts would have been worn.
I knew Kent. He was a very intergetic young man. he loved life and was fun to be around. My heart goes out to his wife and son. He will be missed. His mother is a teacher at DHS. I know how much she will miss her wonderful son. They are in mine and my families prayers.
Yes, all the factors were there for an accident. You never know when it will be your time. You need to know when to say enough when you are drinking and never mix it with a fast car. I am sure these two young men never thought it was thier time. You need to buckle up and keep the speed down. The other young man that did not die is in jail. Where i am sure he will spend quite a few years there for what has happened. They were very good friends and have known each other for a long time. The other one will have to live with what happened to his friend for the rest of his life. That is going to be hard. I just hope everyone points out to thier children what happens when you mix alcohal with driving. THEY DON'T MIX!!!!!!It can happen to anyone.
@ 1:47Normally someone would get defensive on here about your post but since you seem to have some knowledge of the law why wouldn't they arrest the man driving if they suspected alcohol was a factor? Or... if they charged him with DUI or DWI or at the least a PI wouldn't that have been reported? ? Everyone is so quick to assume alcohol was the cause without having any evidence.
Sounds like a lot of speculation in the comments, alcohol, texting, seatbelts, etc. Why not wait for the truth to come out and in the meantime send some condolences out to the family of this young man. There will be plenty of time in the future to chastise bad habits and shortcomings. Is it impossible for some of you out there to just not comment unless you have a kind gesture for this man's family.
5:22I'm sorry did you send your condolences and I missed it? Thanks for chastising bad behavior and setting an example.Besides I doubt the family of the young man lost is concerned with the WC blog and it's posters opinions seeing as they have more pressing issues at hand.Praying for them privately instead of publicly on this blog seems more appropriate anyhow.
4:40 ..You SOB, he is not in jail and you don't know what you are talking about! STFU
To anonymous 5:22...Rather than criticizing people who voiced their opinions you really should take your own advice and merely offer condolences.Incidentally, the deceased was NOT wearing a seat belt which is why I pointed out that this incident should be a lesson to EVERYONE regarding the need to BUCKLE UP. To bother you with one more FACT; the driver is NOT incarcerated.
These comments do not matter to the friends and family who know what really happend. The opinions of people who are only looking in from the outside do not change the truth. We the ones who love Kent, his family and the driver know the truth.
I met Kent when he had first moved here from Haslet, through his dad. I gave Kent his first job as soon as he got his driver license. I live close to a small lake that comes up to a semi-blind curve and the road had just been graded and there was a lot of loose gravel on the road that day(his first day on the job) he was not familiar with the backroad to my business, he lost control of his pick-up and it went upside down into the lake, the roof of the p/u hit a large cement footing where the old bridge had been before the new one was replaced and the roof was smashed completely down to the seat of the p/u trapping him in the vehicle, he had about an 8 to 10" opening where the back glass had been broken to swim out of, the p/u could not even be seen from the top of the water, but Kent still had the smarts AND determination to find and swim his way out of the p/u....not knowing that p/u was up-side down. Kent WAS determined that he was NOT going to miss his first day on the job!!!.... I seen him walking up the road, soaking wet, bleeding from the small shards of glass that was covering his body, he still put in his 4 hours that afternoon as scheduled, BEFORE he was worried about getting his truck out of the lake. Kent even dove back into the water to find the truck to hook the cable to it so the large 18 wheeler wrecker could get it back up the bridge where it went off at. I have a good feeling that is why Kent had a problem with seatbelts, that was in 1996. He worked for me until he went off to college. Kent and another high school student(one of his friends) were 2 of the best employees I've ever had!! Kent was hardheaded(in a respectful way) and VERY STRONG WILLED!! It was Kent's hard work, willingness, honesty,outstanding personalty and just a damned good kid that got him such a headstart in life, before this tradgey!! He will be greatly missed by everyone that EVERYONE that ever knew him!! Teresa, Trevor, and Phillip, my thoughts and prayers are with you!!! T J
the loss of a father is always sad but this young man made the choice to get in the car with the driver which ended this way. secondly a long time ago i remember mr powell causing a horrible wreck here in decatur which seriously injured a man funny how the table has been turned
No one has yet mentioned the other young man, who is originally from Decatur, i understand, and a very close friend of my kids. He is a great kid as well, and will now have to live with this awful consequence of stupid behavior, which I think is just about as tragic, whether alcohol was involved or not, he caused the death of a friend. Very sad for all involved, not just the Powells.
9:00 am.... how dare you say, " the tables have been turned." What kind of rock do you live under and exactly which low-life are you? Many people have accidents during a lifetime, do you believe they have them on purpose? You choose to get in the vehicle with your friends. If your friend wrecks and you die, does that make it your fault? You're a loser, and a scumbag, but I hope to goodness you don't ever have to deal with the death of a son or daughter. But then again, after what you stated, possibly the tables will turn on you!
To 9:am - I know the man that Kent ran into very well, he was also a school teacher and has forgave Kent for the accident, he understands and knows that teen drivers have to go thru a few hard knocks in learning how to drive, just like learning how to walk, you're going to fall a few times. You, yourself, if you think it's funny that a young father died because he had a car ACCIDENT when he was a teenager might need to look in the mirror to see if YOU can find forgivness in yourself, if you can't, look for it in the Bible or if you don't one, look it up in the dictionary!!
10:10...what are you talking about? Kent was not the driver...he was the passenger. Secondly, the driver was not a teen...he is 27 yrs old, a man. Thirdly, the paper says it was a one-car crash, that they hit a pole. It didn't mention another car at all.
11:13, 10;10 was referring to the post that 9:00 spewed. It was an accident that happened several years ago.
If you don't know either of the young men involved or their family then please don't comment on character but kindly keep your mouth shut. Both of these young men were quality young adults who worked very hard. Unfortunatly this decision will change the life of everyone who they have known.
Agreed, 2:06. I know the driver, who is a fantastic young man I would be proud to have as a son. He's a close friend of my son, and my heart breaks for both him and the family of the deceased. I know the young man who was driving will have to live with the consequences and this is so tragic for everyone involved. I love him like a son, and hope if he reads this he realizes he has lots of support and love on his side in the difficult days to come. Accidents and mistakes can have such tragic consequences and all too often young people just don't realize it CAN happen to them. There but for the grace of God....
I am 5:22 and I sent my condolences in an earlier comment, as well as privately praying for the family. My point was it seemed like many of the comments prior to mine were addressing things that didn't matter anymore. This man's family has had a loss, respect it, don't trash his memory. Everyone out there is well aware of hindsight and there is no need to make light of how the man passed.Mzchief, were you at the scene of the accident, or do you just simply trust the news that much. Good grief, I was simply stating that showing a little class, and respecting a man's life might be a good thing. I guess in this day and age that really is not important anymore.
TO 9A.M.!!! What the hell is funny!! Kent is no longer hear. NOT A GOD D$%^ THING IS FUNNY ABOUT THAT!! I Graduated with Kent and he was a good friend of mine. If u knew Kent u might have a little more respect
To anonymous 2:56...I was not at the scene nor do I trust the media. However, I do trust the driver's account of the evening's events and his declaration that Kent Powell was not wearing a seat belt. Rather than attempting to dictate the behaviour of other people, you would be well advised to take your own advice and show some class.
I didn't know Kent real well. But what I know about him from the times that I meet him is that he was a great guy. Kent made you feel special and when he talked to you it was as if he was your best friend. Kent had the type of personality that everyone would want thier child to have. I want Kent's mom to know that she should be very proud of the man she raised. Kent was a real jewel. I hope his children will be told what a great man he was and that he loved them very much. My prayers go out to all of his family. I know no one will ever forget Kent. They will be telling all the stories of the good times they had with him and how much fun he was to be around. GOD BLESS AND EVERYONE PLEASE GIve IT A REST/
RIP Kent. You were very much loved in this world. Now, dance.
5:28,You showing up and telling people to give it a rest after the thread is dead is lame and makes the things you said about Kent sound fake. You give it a rest and since you knew Kent so well go ahead and tell Kent's mom the things you think about him. You spewing your guts on a blog is lame and makes you look like an attention whore.
It was a beautiful service in memory of Kent. Thanks to the Church Of Christ, the beautiful words of Kent's mom Teresa through Deborah, the beautiful voice of Leslie, the angelic choir, and the touching words the preacher had to say from Teresa, Natalie and friends.I will continue to pray for family and friends.I pray that some day the tears are replaced with the fond memories of how Kent touched your lives.
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