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    Fort Worth Star-Telegram (TX) - December 24, 1998 Deceased Name: Lacey Osina BROCK - Lacey Osina, 17, died Tuesday, Dec. 22, 1998, from injuries received in an
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      Fort Worth Star-Telegram (TX) - December 24, 1998

      Deceased Name: Lacey Osina

      BROCK - Lacey Osina, 17, died Tuesday, Dec. 22, 1998, from injuries received in an auto accident Saturday.

      Change in funeral time due to weather: 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Stephen's Catholic Church, Weatherford. The Rev. Liam Sweeney, pastor, will officiate. Burial: Brock Cemetery.

      Miss Osina was born in Austin on June 19, 1981. She was an 11th-grader at Brock High School, which she had attended for two years. She was active with the varsity cheerleaders, basketball team, cross-country track and Beta Club. She was a homecoming queen finalist.

      Survivors: Her parents, Mark and Elizabeth Osina of Brock; sister, Emily Osina of Brock; paternal grandparent, Mrs. Albert J. Osina of Pasadena; maternal grandparent, Oran Claire Clark of Teague; and a host of other relatives and friends

      Fort Worth Star-Telegram (TX) - December 23, 1998

      Deceased Name: Fourth teen injured in accident dies Lacey Osina's family decides to donate the 17-year-old's organs.

      It was the call a father dreads.

      Late Saturday night, Mark Osina learned that his 17-year-old daughter Lacey had been in a serious automobile accident that took the lives of three of her friends.

      And yesterday, the day funerals were held for two of the girls, the crash also claimed Lacey's life. She was pronounced dead about 10 a.m. from head injuries, her father said.

      Since the accident occurred along Spur 312 west of Weatherford in Parker County, Osina said life has been a blur of hospital waiting rooms and trying to comprehend the events that led to that Saturday night phone call.

      "It was a parent's nightmare," he said in a telephone interview.

      "It was 11:15 at night. One of her teammates was riding in another car behind them and saw it happen, had a cell phone and called us. I got to the site of the accident within 8 to 10 minutes but they wouldn't let us be near her."

      The Osinas followed ambulances to Weatherford and then to Fort Worth, and were forced to cope with the realization that their daughter was brain-dead. After consulting with hospital officials, the Osinas decided to donate her organs.

      "We felt it's what she would have wanted us to do," her father said.

      The accident killed the driver, Staci Lee, 16; and passengers Mandi McWhorter, 15; and Whitney Welch, 17. Funerals were held yesterday for Lee and Welch. Services for McWhorter are scheduled for 1 p.m. today at First Baptist Church in Weatherford.

      The tragedy came at a time when everything appeared to be going well for the Osinas. Lacey, a straight-A student, played on the varsity basketball team and was a cheerleader. She was a finalist for homecoming queen. She wanted to play basketball at Weatherford College, attend law school and eventually become a judge, her father said.

      During the Thanksgiving Day weekend, the family had moved into a new home just down the road from Brock High School. Mark Osina, the men's basketball coach at Weatherford College, is in the middle of his best season since taking the job. His wife, Elizabeth, is an elementary school principal in Brock and has become a part of the tight-knit community.

      "It's rough, it doesn't seem true," Osina said. "We get home from a basketball game - they played Graford, they won the game - and they came to the house talking about going to Weatherford. It was the same as always, with us going, 'Ya'll be careful' and them saying, 'We're going to Weatherford. ' " All parents worry about their children driving, Osina said. But the road to Weatherford, known as Ranger Highway, was lightly traveled.

      A pickup driven by Rickey Carter of Fort Worth veered across the center stripe and smashed head-on into Lee's car, according to a Department of Public Safety trooper who investigated the accident.

      Carter remains in fair condition at a Fort Worth hospital, according to DPS officials.

      DPS investigators are awaiting blood tests, but the investigating officer said alcohol and fatigue may have been factors in the wreck.

      Osina said his family will persevere. He will coach his Weatherford College team and root for his surviving daughter, Emily, who also plays basketball for Brock.

      The Jan. 2 homecoming ceremonies will be especially difficult, he said, because both their daughters were scheduled to take part.

      "I feel you've got to go on," he said. "You don't have a choice."

      Funeral for Lacey Osina is scheduled for 2 p.m. Thursday at St. Stephen's Catholic Church in Weatherford.
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