Whitesboro teen killed in fatal accident over Labor Day weekend

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WHITESBORO, Texas -- A Texoma community is mourning the loss of a young Whitesboro graduate after he died in an accident near Lake Texoma over the weekend.

18-year-old Christopher Roberts' family and friends are left morning his loss.

"First thing obviously was denial. I was just sitting there like 'there's no way this could have happened,'" said Corey Toney, who was friends with Roberts.

The Whitesboro graduate and former football player, known as "Dustin" to many, died in a single car accident near Lake Texoma over Labor Day weekend.

"I had to call my mom and ask if it was actually true, and when she told me it was I just kind of lost it...because I just couldn't believe it," said another friend of Roberts, Mikael Jack.

"It's gonna be hard, life's just not gonna be the same honestly," said friend Jonathan Marceau.

Authorities say Roberts was traveling southbound on Rock Creek Road, about 8:15 Friday night when his vehicle ran off the edge of the road. They say he then over corrected, and ended up overturning in the ditch.

Roberts was reportedly not wearing a seatbelt, and was pronounced dead just before 3:30 Saturday morning.

"There's speculation that, you know, the cell phone was down between his..you know in the floor board in between his feet when they got there," said Whitesboro Head Football Coach Eddie Gill.

Authorities have not released a cause for the accident, but say lab results are pending.

Meanwhile, Roberts' family and friends held a candlelight vigil for him.

"It was sad," his friend Jake Phillips told News 12, "His mom was there, and she had all the support she needed. She's got everybody in Whitesboro, and most of the people in Sadler."

Gill says Roberts' early death came as a shock to him and the team he played for last year, "He was just a kid, sure he had problems, but he always faced them with a smile...a good personality."

A smile and personality his friends tell us was taken from them way too soon.