THE COLONY, TX (10/25/2014) — 26-year-old Kyle Tilley has been killed, and 25-year-old Nicholas Bass has been seriously injured following a Saturday evening car accident.
According to Texas Highway Patrol Sergeant Lonny Haschel, Kyle Tilley and passenger Nicholas Bass were traveling southbound on the Sam Rayburn Tollway in a 2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee when the driver of a Lexus ISF, 19-year-old Wahid Malik (of Carrollton), struck the rear of Tilley’s vehicle at around 11:40 p.m. causing a violent crash just south of the Josey Lane overpass.
As a result of the collision, “The Jeep lost control and traveled off the right side of the roadway where it overturned and rolled,” according to a statement issued by authorities. The Lexus apparently also traveled off the right side of the roadway before catching fire in a grassy median.
26-year-old Kyle Tilley, of Flower Mound, was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. His passenger, 25-year-old Nicholas Bass (of Coppell), was taken by air ambulance (CareFlite) to Medical Center of Plano with serious injuries. The driver and passenger of the Lexus were not seriously injured.
According to Sgt. Lonny Haschel, the driver of the Lexus “made an unsafe lane change” prior to striking Tilley’s Jeep. Tilley’s parents tell The Dallas Morning News that a trooper who came to their home on Sunday told them that their son had been the victim of a “road rage incident,” and allegedly showed them handwritten statements from two other drivers. Apparently, two cars were chasing each other at a high speed and cutting one other off before one of the cars struck the back of Tilley’s vehicle. “They wanted us to know up front that Kyle had done nothing wrong,” said Kyle’s father.
Dona Tilley said her son was an organ donor and his corneas and heart tissue will be donated. Kyle Tilley worked and coached for Lakeside Aquatic Club.
What doesn’t make sense to me is that there were no charges filed that day against the driver(s) who caused the accident. When Sgt. Haschel was asked about this, he said that the accident was under investigation, but could not answer whether charges would be filed.
My heart goes out to the families of the two victims, and while nothing can replace what was lost on Saturday, I do hope justice is served.