BRAZORIA COUNTY, Texas — Investigators have released the name of an Alvin ISD student after the teen was fatally struck early Monday along State Highway 6 in the Manvel area.
Demonte Benn, 18, was walking eastbound around 6:50 a.m. in the roadway near Louisiana Street when he was struck from behind by a 2017 Dodge pickup truck, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety. Investigators confirmed Benn was a student at Manvel High School where he was headed to.
The teen was pronounced dead at the scene.
The driver — identified as a 57-year-old Rosharon man — is not expected to face any charges.
The crash remains under investigation.
Manvel High School administrators released the following statement:
"It is with the heaviest of hearts that I share one of our students, 18-year-old De’Monte Benn, was involved in an auto-pedestrian accident in the area of Hwy 6 (Rosharon) earlier this morning. I am saddened to share that he passed away as a result of his injuries.
De’Monte is a beloved member of the MHS community. This is an extremely difficult time for those that knew and cared for him. We share this information with the parents of our students so that you are able to provide your children with the support and assistance they need during this difficult time. Please be vigilant to determine what level of support your child may need.
Counselors from Alvin ISD’s Crisis Response Team are at Manvel High School to offer support to students and staff that are struggling with this tragic loss. If students, staff, or parents need to talk, or have questions, our counselors are trained to assist with these difficult situations.
Please keep the family as well as the Manvel High School community in your thoughts and prayers."
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