WALKER -- A Wednesday traffic crash that took the life of former Walker High quarterback Jacobi Scott, as well as another Louisiana native, remains under investigation by the Marshall, Texas, Police Department.
“No charges have been filed at this time,” said Lt. Len Ames, of the Marshall Police Department, in a news release on Thursday.
Scott and the other victim were returning home from Southwestern College in Winfield, Kan., where they were on the football team. Ames did not identify the other occupant of the vehicle, pending notification of next of kin.
WHS athletic director Steve John said the news stunned the school.
“He was such a dynamic young man,” Johnson said of Scott, who graduated in 2017.
“He was a great student, quiet and respectful,” Johnson said.
“I would say he was a quiet leader, not boisterous, but when he walked into a room, you would recognize he was a leader.
“If you had a daughter, he was the type of young man you wanted her to date,” he added.
Walker High Principal Jason St. Pierre was off campus at a meeting and unavailable for comment.
Former News sports editor Randy Rosetta echoed Johnson’s description of Scott.
“Jacobi Scott was one of the first young athletes I got to know when I started working at the Livingston Parish News, and he was such an engaging, gregarious kid,” Rosetta said.
“My heart hurts for his family and all my friends in the Walker community where he was such a bright light,” he said.
Marshall (Texas) Fire Chief Reggie Cooper said the Fire Department and EMS were dispatched at 6:10 p.m. Wednesday to a fatal two-vehicle accident involving an 18-wheeler and passenger vehicle at the intersection of U.S. 59 North and Loop 390.
“The preliminary investigation has indicated that two vehicles were traveling together southbound on U.S 59 North with the intention of turning east onto Loop 390,” Ames said.
Ames said the first vehicle completed its turn onto Loop 390 and the second vehicle followed, turning east towards the loop.
“The second vehicle was struck by an 18-wheeler traveling northbound on U.S. 59 North as it crossed the northbound lanes of U.S. 59 towards Loop 390,” Ames said.
The two occupants were pronounced deceased at the scene, he said.
In 2016, Scott led Walker High to a 7-3 record and Class 5A playoff berth, ending the school’s 25-game losing streak in district play. He passed for 2,969 yards and 30 touchdowns and was named the co-MVP on offense for the All-Parish Team, along with Tyree Golmond of Denham Springs High.
“Two lasting memories I will always have of the young man,” Rosetta said.
“After he missed a free throw in a playoff game -- the last game of his career -- that would’ve sent Walker to overtime against Natchitoches Central, he stood tall, looked me in the eye and said, ‘These guys will learn from this and win state next year.’’’
“When the Wildcats did just that, Jacobi was there -- he told me ‘I wouldn’t have missed this for anything’ -- and was so happy for and proud of his ‘younger brothers,’ as he called them,” Rosetta said.
“And man, those boys also embraced him and what he had meant to help them get to the top.
“Rest in peace young man. You made an impact in your short time in this world.