A former Henrietta High School student who was a standout on the volleyball court and in the classroom died in a two-vehicle accident on Interstate 20 west of Eastland Thursday morning.
Jessica Marie Rogers, 20, of Henrietta, was traveling from Stephenville to Abilene in a 2011 Chevrolet Camaro when her vehicle struck the rear of a tractor-trailer. The 1998 Freightliner, driven by Danny R. Howell of Ranger, had slowed for traffic.
The accident occurred at about 7:45 a.m. Rogers was pronounced dead at the scene at 8:02 a.m.
Trooper Shannon Mauney of the Eastland DPS office said road and weather conditions were not a factor. The accident investigator believes cell phone use played a role in the accident.
Rogers had been in Stephenville to visit friends.
Jessica Rogers is the daughter of Doug Rogers of Henrietta and Margie Easter of Gun Barrel City. She was born Sept. 7, 1991, and graduated from Henrietta High School in May 2010.
During her high school career, Rogers was a two-time all-state selection in volleyball, and earned district defensive MVP.
Rogers was a sophomore at Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, attending the school on a volleyball scholarship. Rogers was a defensive specialist on the Cowgirl volleyball team. As a freshman, she won the Cowgirls’ Spirit Award and was on the American Southwest Conference All-Academic Honor Roll.
“She loved her God first and foremost, and it poured out of every part of her. She had the biggest heart in the world and truly cared about every person she came in contact with. She was always so energetic, full of life, and passionate about all that she was doing,” said HSU Volleyball Coach Sabrina Bingham in a statement provided by the university. “Because of this you couldn’t help but smile when you were around her. She will be missed greatly by not only her team but by so many people who had a chance to experience who she truly was.”
Rogers was earning a bachelor of behavioral science degree with a major in exercise science. She attended Beltway Baptist Church in Abilene.
Funeral arrangements are pending with Davis Funeral Home.