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610 wreck leaves 2 NHS students dead
Students at Navasota High School were in shock as the new week began, reeling
from word that two of their own had been killed in a hit-and-run accident
in Houston early Saturday, Sept. 18.
Cody Joswiak, 16, of Millican and Shaylyn Nobles, 15, of Navasota were heading
to Galveston for a weekend trip when the Oldsmobile Alero they were riding
in - driven by Shaylyn's father, 41-year-old Earl Nobles - was forced to
stop because of construction on the Interstate 610 loop. As they were waiting,
a white 1999 Pontiac Grand Prix, driving an estimated 80 to 90 miles per
hour, struck the Alero from behind.
"The Grand Prix struck the Alero in the back end, and it then hit a (Ford)
Taurus in front of it," said Sgt. Michelle Sandoval of the Houston Police
Department. "The two victims were riding in the back of the Alero, and were
Earl Nobles, his 15-year-old nephew Brandon Nobles and 16-year-old Megan
Cervantes were treated for non-life threatening injuries. The passengers
of the Taurus were taken to Memorial Hermann Hospital for treatment; their
conditions were not immediately known.
The driver of the Grand Prix was able to get out of his vehicle and fled
the scene on foot.
Authorities have been able to trace the car back to its owner, but no arrests
had been made in the matter as of Monday afternoon.
NHS Principal David Young called Monday "a long, hard day" as Shaylyn and
Cody's classmates and teachers coming to grips with their loss.
"We're thankful to have a lot of counseling help in from a lot of districts
and from schools here in Navasota," he said. "Both were popular with their
peers and classmates. They were bright, bubbly kids who will be sorely missed."
Young said students had come up with ways to honor Shaylyn, a member of the
NHS band, and Cody, an active 4-H member.
"All the band kids signed a T-shirt and wrote little notes to the (Nobles)
family," he said. "It's been a tough day, but the way the kids have treated
it is a really a tribute to these two. They really made an impact on people's
Navasota ISD trustees observed a moment of silence for the two students prior
to their Monday meeting.
Shaylyn Renee Nobles
Nov. 27, 1988 Sept. 18, 2004
NAVASOTA Services for Shaylyn Renee Nobles, 15, of Navasota are set
for 10 a.m. Wednesday at Nobles Funeral Chapel in Navasota.
The Rev. Lupe Ybarra of House of Miracles in Navasota will officiate. Burial
will be in Oakland Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 4 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
A prayer service will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Shaylyn died Saturday in Houston.
She was born in Bryan and was a student at Navasota High School. She was
a member of Girl Scout Troop No. 1409 and was in the Rattler Marching Band.
Survivors include her parents, Dale and Amelia Amy Nobles of
Navasota; and a sister, Ashley Paige Nobles of Navasota.