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Fundraising underway for families of victims in deadly Haskell County crash

By Doug Myers & Jamie Burch/KTXS News

HASKELL COUNTY, Texas - Fundraising efforts are underway for the family of a Vernon College rodeo team member who died in a Haskell County crash that killed two and injured four others.

A GoFundMe account has been established for 19-year-old Yancie Wade McCuistion of Sugar City, Colorado. McCuistion was killed around 6:15 p.m. Saturday when his Dodge Ram 3500 collided with a motor home on Hwy 277 just north of Haskell.

A separate GoFundme account has been set up for 20-year-old Jakob Todd Plummer, one of McCuistion’s rodeo teammates, and 19-year-old Vinita Jean Trevino, a passenger in McCuistion’s vehicle.

Trevino died at Hendrick Medical Center in Abilene on Sunday. Plummer and another teammate, 20-year-old Drew Davis Hill, continue to receive treatment for injuries at the same hospital.

Trevino and Plummer are from Petrolia, Texas.

Dartanyan Farris went to school with both Plummer and Trevino and recalled the time he spent with them.

"Jakob is like a brother to me. He's a goofy man, I swear, he's that annoying friends that everyone loves to hate, but you can't be without him," Farris said." Whenever you get close to someone in such a small town as Petrolia, you try to make it easier on your friends, you know. We are all in this together."

He said he will keep Trevino in his heart and hopes Plummer will pull through.

"The closest thing that I can describe it to is your heart dropping from your chest to your toes instantly."

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As of 1:15 p.m. Monday, the Yancie McCuistion Memorial Fund had raised $5,915 toward its goal of $15,000. The “Vinita and Plummer medical costs” account had raised $1,435 of its $25,000 goal, according to the GoFundMe page.

McCuistion, on the GoFundMe page, is called a “true cowboy” who "loved to rodeo and had a heart for giving.”

“We that knew Yancie … would give the shirt off his back to help anyone in need,” the GoFundMe page said.

According to the account for Plummer and Trevino’s families, they were both ejected from the vehicle.

“Vinita suffered irreversible brain damage and became brain dead, while Jakob had one of his kidneys and his spleen removed,” the account says. Plummer “also has brain swelling but the doctors cannot tell right now if it will amount to anything.

“Please help these families, hard times like this bring together communities and people.”

Also injured in the crash were Mike Moynihan, 73, and his wife Terry, 72, of San Angelo. Their granddaughter tells KTXS that Mike suffered a broken leg. Terry has a broken wrist, ribs and hip, along with facial trauma.

DPS says McCuistion ran a stop sign and was then hit by the Moynihan's motor home.


 


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