Tuesday evening he got a phone call he'll never forget.
"He immediately told me Jacob died in a car accident," said Stice. "And it just took me to my knees right there. It was the worst news I've ever heard."
Power was driving back from a job site with his cousin Bryan McBride in Glasscock County Tuesday evening, when the 2 were struck by a belly dump truck that ran a stop sign.
"He was a hard worker," stated Stice. "He was coming back from working."
The sheriff says the driver of the 18 wheeler, Ruben Garces, a Mexican National, was test driving the truck without a license.
"He did not have any type of CDL," reported Glasscock County Sheriff Keith Burnett. "The driver was placed under arrest for involuntary manslaughter times 2."
Sheriff Burnett says he feels accidents like these can be avoided if companies would take the time to do proper background checks and training on their employees.
"They're not checking the qualifications on the drivers," said Sheriff Burnett. "We're seeing it more and more everyday. Everybody's just hiring whatever they can out there to see if they can make that quick dollar."
The pain of Power's passing is still strong.
"He was a happy, go-lucky guy, and he always had that smile on his face," said Stice.
Those closest to Power say he was more than just a member of the Lee football team.
"Jacob was just an awesome guy, and had the greatest heart," stated Stice. "You never met a guy that was better than Jacob."
The Sheriff says they are still investigating to find out who or what company is responsible for letting Garces get behind the wheel.
Sheriff Burnett says once identified, they will be held accountable to for these 2 deaths as well.
CORRECTION: Thursday, Texas Department of Public Safety Officials told Big 2 that Garces has a Mexican Commercial Drivers License. The Mexican C.D.L. is also valid in Texas.
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