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Updated: Former student dies after car accident

Updated: Former student dies after car accident

Updated: Former student dies after car accident
September 11
19:06 2013

Tyler Owens / Managing Editor

Former UNT student Christopher Nymeyer died Wednesday morning after his car veered off the road in his hometown of Southlake on Friday.

According to a post on CaringBridge.org, a charitable website for families of victims, Nymeyer was on his way to pick up his mother from DFW Airport at 4:15 p.m. when he went under duress and drove off the road into a nearby pond. Bystanders pulled Nymeyer from the water and began to administer CPR until help arrived.

After Nymeyer was stabilized, he was flown by helicopter to John Peter Smith Trauma Center in Fort Worth.

After administering a series of tests including an Electroencephalogram (EEG) test, which is used to measure the electrical activity of the brain, doctors placed Nymeyer in a medically-induced coma on Saturday morning.

A separate post on Caring Bridge made at about 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday reported that his EEG showed no consciousness and little brain activity, and his family took him off life support that evening.

The post reads, “It is with sadness that I write this because it appears that the Christopher we all know and love will not be returning to us, and the sadness that we feel is as a result of our deep love for him. After exhausting all potential remedies, consultation with all of his doctors and prayerful consideration, Christopher will be taken off life support later this evening and is expected to be in God’s care shortly thereafter.”

Nymeyer died at 2:27 a.m. on Wednesday. He was 23.

According to Tarrant County medical records, Nymeyer’s manner of death is still pending and the cause of death is pending toxicology and histology exams.

Nymeyer’s friends and family took to his Facebook and Caring Bridge pages to show their support even before his time of death.

Posted at about 6 p.m. on Sept. 10.

Posted at about midnight on Sept. 11.

Posted at about 5 p.m. on Sept. 11.

“I’ve known Chris for 16 years,” strategic communications senior Jennifer Long said. “He was my neighbor, high school show choir partner, stand-in big brother, shoulder to cry on and my best friend. There is not a moment with him, out of those 16 years, that isn’t full of smiles and laughter. He was truly selfless and compassionate, always looking out for others’ happiness.”

Nymeyer was a chemistry senior and was enrolled at UNT from fall 2009 to fall 2012. Long said he took time off from school to raise money to finish his degree.

“Chris was truly a unique person, and always lit up the room,” integrated studies sophomore Avery Custer said. “Everyone who knew him knows heaven gained one goofy, kind, loving sweetheart and would consider themselves blessed to have called him a friend.”

Nymeyer’s younger brother Matthew is a business sophomore at UNT. He was unable to be reached for comment.

At about 3 p.m. on Thursday, another Caring Bridge post announced that the visitation and remembrance service will be held on Sunday at 6 p.m. and the funeral will take place Monday at 1 p.m. The White’s Chapel Methodist Church in Southlake will host both services.

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