A Lubbock teen is dead following an overnight traffic accident in Lynn County. It happened just after 1:00am Friday morning.
DPS troopers say 19-year-old Armando Macias was westbound on FM 211, and reportedly failed to yield the right of way to a tractor trailer who was heading northbound on US 87. The semi hit the driver's side of Macias' Ford Mustang, sending the vehicle across the highway. Macias was thrown from his vehicle, and pronounced dead on the scene. The driver of the semi was not injured.
Armando Macias, 19, was driving a 1998 Ford Mustang west on FM 211 shortly after 1 a.m. when he ran a stop sign at U.S. 87 and struck a tractor trailer heading northbound on the highway, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety.
Macias, who was not wearing a seat belt, was thrown from the car, DPS said. He was pronounced dead at the scene, about 10 miles north of Tahoka.
"He'll be sorely missed," said John Prather, who worked with Macias at Best Buy. "Armando was a great guy, he always made all of us laugh. He was one of the most easy-going guys you would come in contact with."
Prather said he always saw a smile on his friend's face.
Macias had worked at Best Buy for three years. The 2005 Coronado High School graduate was studying radiology at South Plains.
Prather said his friend had a "great work ethic."
"He wanted to do something with himself," he said.
Macias also had strong Christian beliefs.
"He was a Godly person," Prather said, adding that this showed in the way he acted and treated people.
The driver of the tractor trailer, Trace Weatherford of Amarillo, was not injured.