Cogburn loses life in rollover

William Cogburn was known for his kind nature and big heart.

The City of Lytle and surrounding communities are in shock at the tragic death of 17-year-old William D. Cogburn, who would have been a junior at Lytle High School this year. Cogburn died Thursday from injuries as a result of a crash on Tuesday morning, July 11, 2017. His brother and a friend survived the crash but were both injured and taken to University Hospital and later released. A beautiful celebration of Will’s life was hosted at Lytle High School on Tuesday, July 18.
According to Sergeant Deon Cockrell, Texas Department of Public Service PIO/ Safety and Education officer, it was reported that, “On 07/11/17 at approximately 11:07 a.m., a Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper responded to a one vehicle crash 6 miles east of Lytle in Atascosa County. A 2002 GMC Envoy was traveling north on McConnell Road. The vehicle was occupied by the driver William David Cogburn age 17 two passengers age 17 and age 14. For unknown reasons, the vehicle swerved to the right and in to a side skid and traveled off the roadway. The vehicle rolled over and came to rest on its tires facing northwest in the barrow ditch. The driver and passengers were transported to University Hospital for medical treatment. As a result of the crash, the driver William David Cogburn died.”
William was well known in the Lytle Community for his friendly and kind nature and big heart.
“William was a fighter. He faced many obstacles but never let that stand in his way. He had the biggest heart and made friends easily. He loved sports and was the best teammate. He will truly be missed but never forgotten,” said Athletic Director Lori Wilson, Lytle ISD.
Counselors will be on campus if needed according to AD Wilson.
“My sincere condolences go to the Cogburn Family! William was such a sweet young man! He always greeted my husband and I wherever we were and I usually got a hug. My heart is filled with sadness over the loss of such a special young man”, said Julie Petrash, a community member.
“I had Will as a 6th grader, almost 5 years ago. William was the type of student that as a teacher, you never forget. It’s been almost five years but I still remember him for being so kind-hearted, and an all-around good kid. My heart goes out to his friends and family especially his younger brothers, David and Brian who I know looked up to him. In his short time on this Earth, he left a positive impact and it’s no surprise that he will continue to do so through his selfless act of organ donation”, said Jessica Alexander, Will’s former teacher.