Recent Tatum HS Grad Lela Burney ID’d As Victim In Friday Fatal Kilgore Single-Vehicle Crash

KILGORE, TX. (THECOUNT) — Lela Burney, a 2019 graduate of Tatum High School, has been identified as the victim in a fatal Friday night crash near Kilgore, according to Saturday morning reports.

Burney, 19, a former Tatum cheerleader and star softball player, died in an Friday night crash near Lake Cherokee.

According to officials, a Mazda was traveling east on Farm-to-Market Road 2011 near Kilgore, when for unknown reasons, the driver lost control and exited the roadway around 8:30 p.m. Friday.

The vehicle then struck a substantial tree.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.


Geo quick facts: Kilgore is a city in Gregg and Rusk counties in the eastern part of the U.S. state of Texas. Over three-fourths of the city limits is located in Gregg County, the remainder in Rusk County – Wikipedia. (source)