From Staff Reports

A Gary Elementary School student died and her mother and three other girls were injured Friday in a wreck in Rusk County, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety and Gary ISD.

Jordyn Brian, 9, was about to enter the fourth grade, Gary Elementary School said in a Facebook post, noting her death. A fundraiser has been set up for her family; donations can be made through the school’s Facebook post or by drop-off at the school.

DPS troopers were called around 3:45 p.m. Friday to U.S. 84, about 2.3 miles west of Mount Enterprise in Rusk County. A preliminary investigation indicates an SUV was driving west on the road and had started to pass a slower-moving vehicle when its right rear tire blew out.

The SUV traveled off to the south side of the road when the driver, identified as Lisa Christine Brian, 31, of Gary, overcorrected and caused the vehicle to enter into a side skid back across the road. The SUV then rolled down a steep embankment.

The DPS said Lisa Brian and three unidentified juvenile girls, ages 15, 13 and 7, were taken to a Tyler medical center in serious condition.

Jordyn Brian was pronounced dead at the scene by Rusk County Pct. 3 Justice of the Peace Jackie Risinger. Her body was taken to a Henderson funeral home.

The crash remains under investigation, DPS said.

In its post, Gary Elementary School described Jordyn as “a bright, beautiful girl.”

“Our hearts go out to the family as well as fellow students and staff who are experiencing the passing of their classmate,” the campus said.

Counselors will be available Monday and throughout the week for students or group of students who need it, the school said, and asked parents to contact them if they wanted to set up counseling appointments.

“An incredible loss such as this requires all of us to rely on God’s grace and comfort and depend on our Bobcat Family to pray for and stand with each other,” the school said.