Dayton student killed in auto-pedestrian accident

Law enforcement officers from Dayton PD, Liberty County Sheriff's Office and the Texas Department of Public Safety investigate a fatal accident Thursday morning that claimed the life of a 14-year-old Dayton student as he crossed SH 321.

At approximately 6:47 a.m. Thursday, Dayton police were notified of an auto-pedestrian crash at the intersection of SH 321 and CR 676, approximately two miles north of Dayton High School.

Upon arrival, responding officers learned that the pedestrian was attempting to cross SH 321 when he was struck by a southbound vehicle. The pedestrian was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the vehicle remained at the scene and is cooperating with police. 

The deceased is Tyrese Manigo, a 14-year-old 8th grader at Woodrow Wilson Jr. High School.

This is an active investigation as the police try to determine the exact circumstances of this incident. At this time criminal charges are not expected.

Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Sgt. Robert Willoughby is onsite and conducting accident reconstruction. Motorists are asked to find an alternate route as traffic is being rerouted for the duration of the reconstruction, which is expected to continue throughout the morning.

“It is always tragic to see a loss of life in this way, but it is especially difficult when the loss is a child,”  said Police Chief Robert Vine. “Our heartfelt prayers go out to the family of this young man and all involved.”

Dayton ISD has grief counselors on campus to assist students and staff as they deal with the tragic loss.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of our student,” said Kim Lambright, a spokesperson for Dayton ISD, in an emailed statement.

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