Labay Middle School student Lauren Hannes victim of automobile accident

11-year old Harris County middle school Lauren Hannes was tragically killed in an automobile accident Friday when a vehicle struck the parked car Lauren was sitting in with her mother. A 2009 GMC Yukon SUV was traveling northbound on a driveway across a grassy field at around 3:12 pm when the Yukon turned into the eastbound lane of Willow River near Labay Middle School in Cy-Fair ISD. The Yukon crashed into the right side of a parked 2004 Honda Pilot SUV: Lauren Hannes was the front seat passenger in the Honda Pilot.

In total four vehicles were involved in the crash: after the initial crash of the Yukon into the Honda Pilot, the Pilot was forced into a Ford Expedition which was stopped in the westbound lane. The Expedition then was pushed into a parked and unoccupied Honda Accord. Lauren was taken to an area hospital where she died several hours later.

Lauren was an honor roll student who had been involved in dance for the past five years and she was a sixth grader at Labay Middle School. Lauren’s parents Rodney and Carol Hannes remember their daughter as a good Christian who was strong in her faith. Lauren is survived by her parents and an older sister and two big brothers. The family requests donations in lieu of flowers be made to Crossbridge Christian Church youth group (Lauren was a member). Crossbridge accepts donations online, which can be made here.

Harris County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the crash and their official press release is here. The Houston Chronicle’s coverage of this tragic accident is available here. Our hearts and prayers go out to Lauren’s family and friends.

11-year old Lauren Hannes, tragically killed in an automobile accident Friday when a vehicle struck Lauren's mother's parked SUV

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