Two Aggie cadets killed in car crash

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HOUSTON, TX – Class resumes for Texas A&M students, but not for two freshman members of the Corps of Cadets.

The Aggie community is mourning the loss of Amy Pacheco, 18, and Miguel Hernandez, 18. Both were killed over the weekend in a wrong-way accident on 290 in Waller.

Cornell McGhee, senior manager for the HISD JROTC, knew Amy since she was a freshman in high school. He said, “Amy always had a smile on her face… just a very engaging young woman, very focused, very determined. She wanted to make something of herself.”

Fellow cadet and Amy’s boyfriend Francisco Campos, 18, is recovering at Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston. He’s expected to be okay.

The tragedy is hitting even closer to home than College Station. Amy and Francisco went to Chavez High School in southeast Houston where they were members of JROTC.

McGhee said, “Both the two Chavez students were first in their families to go to college. Both wanted to be engineers. They wanted to provide for their families in a manner that, you know, is worthy of young students that come out of our program.”

Sunday morning, the cadets’ SUV collided with a Mustang driven by Kate Thomas, 21, who was said to be driving eastbound in the westbound lanes. She also lost her life.

Deputies say they found beer bottles in her car.

If Katie was drinking and driving, she not only drove the wrong way, she made a very, very wrong decision.