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R.I.P. James "Shorty" Carroll
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Teenager killed in head-on collision

"A junior slated to be part of the first graduating class at Steele High School in Cibolo died in a head-on collision Thursday morning in Guadalupe County.

James Monroe Carroll II, 17, was driving a 2000 Chevrolet Lumina east on Schumann Road near Marion around 9:26 a.m., said Eddie Wilson, Department of Public Safety communications supervisor.

The Lumina came to the crest of a hill at the same time as a Chevrolet pickup traveling west on the road, Wilson said. The accident report indicates the car was not far enough to the right of its lane and struck the pickup head-on, Wilson said. Carroll died at the scene."

I had the pleasure of meeting James and his dad a couple of years ago. At Waketoberfest in 2004 I ended up in the same boat with James and got the chance to watch him ride. He was a truly talented rider with a lot of potential. It's so sad to see someone like him go so young. He will be sorely missed by his family and friends.

Since receiving the news, the messageboards have been abuzz with condolences:

Pictures of James doing what he loved can be seen here:

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