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Highland Church of Christ youth involved in car accident

For immediate release
Jan. 17, 2005

The family and friends of many in the Abilene Christian University community have been affected by an automobile accident Sunday involving several members of the Highland Church of Christ in Abilene.

A Suburban carrying one adult and seven middle school students left the road and overturned, rolling several times, as the Highland youth group returned to Abilene from a retreat in Arlington. Brody Bourland, 10, was pronounced dead at the scene. The other seven occupants were injured.

Chris Perkins, 12, the son of Dr. Scott Perkins, psychology faculty member at ACU, and his wife, Rachel, who also works at ACU; and Beth Johnston, 14, daughter of Tim Johnston, assistant vice president for enrollment, were both treated at Hendrick Medical Center and released Sunday evening. Amara Childers, 14, daughter of Dr. Jeff Childers, College of Biblical Studies faculty member, remains in stable condition at Hendrick.

Jon Westin Bennett, 11, son of Terrie Bennett, former KACU development director; Chris Cope, 12, son of Mike Cope, adjunct faculty in the College of Biblical Studies; and Austin Lemmons, 11, son of Thom Lemmons, director of ACU Press, and Cheryl Lemmons, piano instructor in the Music Department, were all taken to Cook Children’s Hospital in Fort Worth, where all were listed in stable condition on Monday.

Julie Folwell, driver of the vehicle and a 1976 graduate of ACU, was taken to Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock, where she was listed in serious condition on Monday.

The funeral for Bourland is scheduled at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Highland Church of Christ. Visitation will be Tuesday 6-8 p.m. at Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home, 542 Hickory.

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