Accident claims life

A tragic accident claimed the life of a Royse City ISD employee Monday morning.

A tragic accident claimed the life of a Royse City ISD employee Monday morning.

“With permission from the family, it is with disbelief and immense sadness that I share that Mrs. Melissa Williams, a Miss May Vernon Elementary staff member/crossing guard, was fatally struck by a vehicle in a terrible accident this morning during student drop off,” said Superintendent Kevin Worthy.

The Fate Department of Public Safety reported that at approximately 7:30 a.m. Monday a driver of a vehicle experienced a possible medical emergency while driving on Miss May Drive in Fate. The vehicle entered a Royse City ISD school zone striking Williams and then a vehicle.

Williams was fatally wounded and taken by ground transportation to Baylor Scott & White Medical Center - Lake Pointe.

Worthy said in his announcement that Williams “was a beloved staff member in Royse City ISD for 14 years.”

Williams began working in the school district’s Extended Day Program in 2007. In 2009, she was hired as a teachers aide, most recently serving in Pre-Kindergarten.

“To put it simply, she was deeply loved by students and staff,” Worthy said. “This loss has a profound impact on the school community at Miss May Vernon and the RCISD staff.”

“On a personal level, Mrs. Williams was a big part of the heart of our campus,” added Brittany Lancaster, the school’s principal. “Her students and her colleagues loved her deeply. This loss will ripple across the district staff as many know and love her.”

Worthy asked for prayers for Williams’ family and the Miss May Vernon Elementary staff and said a coordinated counseling response team would be in place for as long as needed.

Residents in the nearby Woodcreek neighborhood held a vigil Monday night at the corner of Miss May and CD Boren.

Funeral arrangements had not been announced as of Tuesday morning.

Neighbors in the Woodcreek neighborhood were preparing to hold a vigil at 8 p.m. Monday at the corner of Miss May and CD Borden. The public was invited to attend and to bring a candle and flowers.

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