Condition upgraded for one of five ACU students injured in fatal Friday crash


The condition has been upgraded for one of five Abilene Christian University students injured in a two-vehicle, head-on collision that killed two people Friday.

The accident involved two pickup trucks colliding at the intersection of County Road 107 and Highway 36, just east of Abilene Regional Airport.

Hendrick Medical Center said Rebekah Cherniss, 18, of Katy, has been upgraded from critical to fair condition. In addition, hospital officials said Deanna Romero, 19, of Omaha, Neb., remains in good condition.

Also injured in the crash were 20-year-old Robert Braddock of Deer Park; Eric Terrazas, 20, from Argyle, and Calli Kerbo, 18, from Murfeesboro, Tenn.

According to DPS, a red pickup driven by 27-year-old Jeffrey Davis of Abilene was headed north on County Road 107 when it collided at the intersection with a pickup traveling south on Highway 36. The truck on Highway 36 was carrying six people, all Abilene Christian University students.

Lindsey Smith, 20, of New Braunfels, and Davis were killed in the crash.

A funeral service has been scheduled for Lindsey Smith, 20, of New Braunfels. It will be held 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 31 at Oakwood Baptist Church in New Braunfels.