By: CJ Cassidy
Police say the 15-year-old driver lost control. Moments later, another driver hit the side of her car.
Motor vehicle crashes are the number one cause of teenage deaths in Missouri, and elsewhere.
Now the families of both victims hope other teens will learn from this tragedy.
From Advance to Bloomfield, flags flew at half staff Tuesday, as folks mourned the loss of the teens. Police say the pair died instantly Monday evening when Avila lost control of the car, and slammed into another vehicle in Stoddard County.
"I was so proud of him he was in his first high school baseball game," Austin's dad, Phil Pounds said as he struggled to hold back his tears.
Both families realize they may never know exactly what led to the crash Monday night, but hope other teens learn from this tragedy, and pay attention to police.
"The number one thing they lack is experience. When they make a mistake they don't know how to recover as well as an experienced driver might," Sgt. Larry Plunkett with the Missouri Highway Patrol said, speaking in general about teenage drivers.
Missouri is one of several states that has a graduated license program.
It requires young drivers to get some experience before actually driving by themselves.