ANGELIA JOINER Staff Writer

The driver of the black Saab that plowed into a retaining wall resulting in the death of Stephen Cage, 19, a Tarleton State University freshman, could face criminal charges.

Last week Tarleton authorities referred the case to District Attorney John Terrill for review. The case could later be presented to the grand jury for indictment.

The accident happened shortly after 3 a.m. on Sept. 11 in a university parking lot near the intersection of Washington and Lillian Streets. For unknown reasons, the vehicle carrying three passengers slammed into a retaining wall that runs parallel to Washington Street. All of the occupants were Tarleton students.

Cage was pronounced dead at the scene.

Meanwhile, Ryan K. Crutsinger, 18, of Alvord and two other passengers were transported to Harris Methodist Erath County Hospital. Mathew S. Ulibarri, 18, of Nocona, was treated and released. Ryan D. Mason, 18, of Colleyville and Crutsinger were hospitalized.

University spokesperson Nancy Pricer would not comment about the pending investigation and would not release the name of the driver.