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Ball High School student dies: 14-year-old Sam Mixon of Galveston becomes second death in impaired driving crash linked to parolee Keith Brazier

GALVESTON, Texas (KTRK) — A 14-year-old who had been fighting for his life since an accident involving a repeat DWI offender has died, Galveston ISD reported on Friday.

Ball High School student Sam Mixon was one of five people in a Jeep on September 2 when a white Toyota SUV driven by Keith Brazier hit them at high speed near 41st Street and the Avenue O, Galveston police said.

Mason Nelson, another occupant of the Jeep, died at the scene while Mixon and another person were hospitalized in critical condition at the Trauma Center at UTMB Health John Sealy Hospital.

On Friday, two weeks after the crash, the school district confirmed that another life was lost in the event.

“Our district is heartbroken over the loss of Sam Mixon, a freshman at Ball High School, who was involved in the September 2 accident. We send our deepest condolences to his family, friends and to all affected by this immeasurable loss. Please keep our district in your thoughts as we maintain our focus on the well-being of our students, staff and district family at this time,” wrote the district in a statement.

Brazier, 28, has been charged with murder following the crash. Galveston police said additional charges are expected.

Investigators believe alcohol was a contributing factor to the crash.

Aside from the incident which added two lives to the seven lost to DWI wreckage on the island in a month, the accident is significant due to Brazier being released on parole just hours prior.

Brazier has a previous drunk driving conviction and had just been released from jail that morning, records show.

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