College student from Lubbock dies after jumping out of moving car

College student from Lubbock dies after jumping out of moving car
WT Student Dies After Jumping Out of Moving Vehicle
CANYON, Texas – Canyon Police on Thursday said a West Texas A&M student from Lubbock lost his life on Tuesday evening after jumping out of a moving car.

Police said Treston Johnson, 22 from Lubbock was with a group of other students including fraternity members or pledges of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity (ATO) which was recruiting new members.

These informal games are intended to build comradery within the fraternity. The fraternity had an activity, or game, planned for Wednesday. The objective was said to have been to have pledges bring active members to the fraternitys lodge on a given day, where the group had additional events planned. This event is not intended for any to be hurt in any way.

Police said the fraternity has a game where the objective is to have pledges bring members of the fraternity to the lodge.  The rules of the game allow the member to do anything to avoid being taken to the lodge.  The game was set to begin on November 7, but police think Johnson might have been under the impression that it already started. 

The investigation determined that Johnson had intentionally jumped out of a moving vehicle, resulting in fatal injuries. There were visible head injuries and no evidence was found indicating he was forced or pushed from the vehicle. Neither was evidence found indicating he had been struck by a passing motorist.

Johnson was in a car with other people in the parking lot of an apartment complex.  Witnesses believe Johnson was trying to avoid being taken by a pledge, so he jumped out of the car.

According to Police Chief Dale Davis, at about 8:30 p.m., officers were sent to the Campus Evolution Villages Apartment complex in reference to possible pedestrian being hit by an automobile. Upon arrival, police found a male lying in the parking lot on the south side of the complex.

Police said according to witnesses, the mood within the car was fun, playing around and not aggressive. Police believe he suffered a head injury when he exited the moving car.

Police say the evening began with the victim and three other individuals in a car on the east side of the apartment complex. The group was met by another vehicle of students. Several of the students were fraternity members, or pledges, of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity.

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.

The fraternity is going through a period called “rushing” where new pledges are brought into the organization. Typically, recruitment takes place at the beginning of the fall semester. Rushing a fraternity includes participation in informal game-like events.

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.

On the night of the incident, it is thought that Johnson thought the event had begun and was allowed to avoid being taken to the lodge. Johnson would have been allowed to do anything to avoid being taken by the pledge.

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.

On November 6, 2018 at approx.. 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.   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 age 22 from Lubbock, Texas.  He was a WT A&M student living in a dorm on campus.   Police investigation determined that the Mr. Johnson had intentionally jumped out of a moving automobile.  This act resulted in fatal injuries to Treston Johnson.  There were visible head injuries.  There is no evidence to believe he was forced, or pushed from the vehicle.   There was no evidence 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 transported to NWTH where he died upon arrival.  An autopsy was ordered which will take place in Lubbock, Texas on Thursday morning. 

The Canyon Police Department has released the details of the accident that resulted in the death of a senior West Texas A&M University student on Tuesday.

The evening began with the victim and 3 other individuals setting in a car on the east side of the Legends apartment complex.  The group was met by another automobile 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 participation 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, 2018.  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.

Johnson was transported to Northwest Texas Hospital in Amarillo where he died upon arrival. An autopsy has been ordered for Thursday morning in Lubbock.

Police will be forwarding their finding to the Randall County District Attorney’s office for review. 

Leading up to jumping from the car, all involved, including Johnson, were said to have been laughing and non-aggressive.

CANYON, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) – Correction – Canyon Police gave the wrong apartment name. It has been corrected.

Several people were attending to the injured subject. He was identified as 22-year-old Treston L. Johnson from Lubbock.

On November 6, 2018, at approximately 8:30 p.m. Canyon Police Department dispatched to Campus Evolution Villages at 47 Valleyview in reference to a possible pedestrian being struck by a car.

Upon arrival, police said a man was found lying in the parking lot on the south side of the complex,p and was being attended to by several people.

Davis says police will forward their findings to the Randall County District Attorneys Office for review.

The man was identified as Treston Johnson, 22, of Lubbock. He was a West Texas A&M University student who lived in the dorms.

A police investigation determined Johnson intentionally jumped out of a moving vehicle and the act resulted in his death. 

Canyon Chief of Police Dale Davis said there was no evidence he was struck by a vehicle. Police said he jumped from the car, and this caused the fatal injury to his head.

Davis said the evening began with the victim and three other individuals sitting in a car on the east side of the legends apartment complex.

The man, identified as 22-year-old Treston L. Johnson from Lubbock, had visible head injuries. Police say the investigation determined Johnson had intentionally jumped out of a moving car, resulting in his death.

Davis said several of the students were fraternity members or pledges of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity (ATO).

Davis said the fraternity was playing a game where the objective is to have pledges bring members of the fraternity to the lodge on a given day where the group has additional events planned.

The West Texas A&M University community is saddened today by the death of Treston Johnson, a senior musical theatre…

Police said the pledges had settled on November 7, as the day they would take ATO members to the lodge.

The Canyon Police Department will forward their finding to the Randall County District Attorneys Office for review.

Davis said witnesses believe Johnson was avoiding being taken by a pledge so he jumped out of the car.

On Wednesday, West Texas A&M University posted on Facebook, saying the community is saddened by Johnsons death.

According to witnesses, police said the mood within the car was fun, playing around and not aggressive. 

He was transported to Northwest Texas Hospital where he died upon arrival. An autopsy has been ordered for today.

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.

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.

Alpha Tau Omega, the fraternity Johnson was apart of, has released a statement regarding the incident:

Johnson was a senior Musical Theatre Major. In a statement, WT said Johnson was a talented thespian who had performed in several university theatre productions. It goes on to say his untimely death is a great loss to the university. 

Tomorrow night the Residence Hall Association will host a candlelight vigil on campus from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. 

On November 6, 2018 at approx.. 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.   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 age 22 from Lubbock, Texas.  He was a WT A&M student living in a dorm on campus.   Police investigation determined that the Mr. Johnson had intentionally jumped out of a moving automobile.  This act resulted in fatal injuries to Treston Johnson.  There were visible head injuries.  There is no evidence to believe he was forced, or pushed from the vehicle.   There was no evidence 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 transported to NWTH where he died upon arrival.  An autopsy was ordered which will take place in Lubbock, Texas on Thursday morning. 

The evening began with the victim and 3 other individuals setting in a car on the east side of the Legends apartment complex.  The group was met by another automobile 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 participation 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, 2018.  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. 


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