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2-car crash kills incoming freshman

Aug. 31, 2004

By MEGAN HAWKINS, reporter

The time for parting came much too soon for Lauren Mackenzie Frazier and her parents on the day before she planned to start her journey to Baylor from Longview.

Frazier, 18, died Aug. 18 from injuries sustained in a car wreck.

Lauren's mother, Tonya, said the family was driving to Dairy

Queen to get ice cream and spend time together before Lauren had to leave the next morning for college. Seventeen-year-old Brady Paul Ross, a friend of Lauren, drove the family in his 1996 white Chevy Tahoe."It was an unavoidable collision," Tonya Frazier said.

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Incoming freshman Lauren Frazier was killed in an automobile accident the night before she came to Baylor.
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The wreck occurred around 9:30 p.m. on Northwest Drive in Longview when a 16-year-old driving a 1997 red Chevy Cavalier eastbound on Loop 281 turned left and collided with the Tahoe, according to the police report.

The report said the SUV veered north, struck the curb and rolled at least once. Lauren, who was not wearing a seat belt, was thrown out the rear of the vehicle.

Her mother, also not wearing a seat belt, suffered a broken clavicle, a fractured jaw and many bruises and cuts. She had jaw surgery Aug. 19 and was released from Longview Regional Hospital the next day.

Lauren's father, Carol Wayne Frazier, who was riding in the passenger seat, and the driver, Ross, suffered minor injuries.

The wreck is still under investigation.

Friends and family remember Lauren as an inspiration to all. She became a Christian at the age of 7 and ministered to her friends daily. Most recall her wonderful smile and strong spirit that brightened others' lives.

"She was an awesome kid to be around," said Darlene Bailey, Pinetree High School girls' track coach. "She was a definite leader and perfectionist when it came to track."

According to Bailey, Lauren and the Cavalier's driver knew each other and were both members of the track team in past years.

"She was sweet, respectful and so excited to be going to Baylor," said Noreen Toarmina, Lauren's senior guidance counselor at Pinetree High School and a Baylor alumna.

Lauren was a faithful member of Mobberly Baptist Church and active in the youth choir.

"She was a precious young lady and will be sadly missed. She was a great actress and a faithful servant to the Lord," Clay Perkins, director of youth music at Mobberly Baptist Church, said. "She was a family person, quiet and reserved, yet funny. She led her boyfriend to the Lord, and even in her death she wanted to share the gospel with everyone."

Megan Nichols, an Alvord freshman who was going to be Lauren's roommate, said she was very outgoing.

"I met her at orientation and it was clear that God was the most important thing in her life," Nichols said.

Lauren was a 2004 graduate of Pinetree High School and was active in cross country, track and field, soccer, cheerleading and a service organization called Z-club.

"Lauren was an honest person and serious about God. Every day of her life she lived as a testimony," said Katharine Boswell, a Baylor freshman from Longview. "We're all going to miss her."

She is survived by her parents; sisters, Lindsey Frazier, a 2001 Baylor graduate, and Lacy Frazier, a 2004 Baylor graduate; and grandparents, W.G. and Anceline Frazier of Hallsville.

"We want the Lord to get glory through Lauren in whatever way he desires," Tonya Frazier said.

Services were held by Rader Funeral Home at noon Aug. 21 at Mobberly Baptist Church with Dr. Laney L. Johnson and Rev. Neil Thornburgh officiating. A memorial guestbook may be signed at www.raderfh.com.