West Texas A&M student from Lubbock killed jumping out of moving car
On November 6, at approximately 8:30 p.m., Canyon Police Department were dispatched to the Legends Apartment complex, located at 47 Valleyview, in reference to a possible pedestrian being struck by an automobile.
On November 6, at approximately 8:30 p.m., Canyon Police Department were dispatched to the Campus Evolution Villages, located at 47 Valleyview, in reference to a possible pedestrian being struck by an automobile.
Upon their arrival a male subject was found lying in the parking-lot on the south side of the complex. He was being attended to by several people. The injured was identified as Treston L. Johnson, 22, from Lubbock, Texas. He was a West Texas A&M student living in a dorm on campus.
Police investigation determined that Johnson had intentionally jumped out of a moving automobile, resulting in fatal injuries. There were visible head injuries. There is no evidence to believe he was forced, or pushed from the vehicle, or that he was struck by a passing motorist after intentionally jumping from the moving vehicle. He merely stepped from a moving car, hitting his head causing a significant injury. The injured was taken to NWTH where he died.
An autopsy was ordered which will take place in Lubbock, Texas Thursday morning.
The evening began with the victim and 3 other individuals sitting in a car on the east side of the Legends apartment complex. The group was met by another car of college kids. Several of the students were fraternity members, or pledges, of the Alpha Tau Omega (ATO) fraternity.
The fraternity is going through period to bring in new pledges, which is called “Rushing”. Typically, recruitment takes place at the beginning of the fall semester. Rushing a fraternity includes participating in informal game like events. These informal game like events have a purpose to encourage comradery within the fraternity.
The fraternity had an activity, or game scheduled to commence on November 7. The objective of the game was to have pledges bring active members to the fraternity to the lodge on a given day, where the group have additional events planned. This planned event is not intended for anyone to be harmed in any way. This event sole purpose was to form positive relations between the pledges and members.
On the night of the unfortunate incident, it is believed that Treston thought that the planned event had begun and he was allowed to avoid being taken to the lodge.
Treston would have been allowed to do anything to avoid being taken by the pledge. Leading up to Johnson jumping from the moving car, all involved, including the victim, were laughing and being non-aggressive.
Police will be forwarding their finding to the Randall County District Attorney’s office for review.
Alpha Tau Omega mourns the tragic loss of Treston Johnson. Treston was a great brother who had been a member of ATO for three years. We join the campus community in its tribute to Treston.
Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity released the following statement:
Contrary to some media reports, Treston was not taking part in a fraternity activity at the time of his accident. In fact, no fraternity event was scheduled that evening or was being held. ATOs are supporting Treston’s family in this difficult time and are taking part in efforts to raise funds to assist the family. His chapter mates are also grieving their loss. ATO asks that you respect their privacy at this time.