In the blink of an eye, a promising young person’s future can be changed forever by a car accident. Many people in their teens and early 20s have been permanently disabled by a negligent driver’s actions. In the worst cases, the victim is taken decades before his or her time.
Tragically, a Northern Kentucky man was killed in an auto collision recently. He was just 21, and was valedictorian of his high school class before going on to college.
The victim was in Fort Thomas after wrapping up the school year at Wake Forest University. He was driving his grandfather to get a haircut when they were hit by a truck. It is not clear if the other vehicle was a pickup truck, or a commercial vehicle like a tractor-trailer or box truck.
An article about the car accident provides few details about how this crash occurred. For example, we do not know if speeding, failure to yield or drunk driving were factors. The surviving driver has apparently not been charged with a crime.
Regardless, the impact severely injured both the 21-year-old and his grandfather. Both were rushed to the hospital, but the younger man was pronounced dead. His grandfather, 79, was in critical condition as of May 15. The truck driver, 19, was treated and released.
The 21-year-old was a double major in psychology and sociology at Wake Forest. He graduated high school in 2011 as class valedictorian. His high school principal said the man had a lot of potential, and that his death was a tragedy.
A Wake Forest official echoed that sentiment, calling the death the loss of a “wonderful” and “high-achieving” student.
Source: Cincinnati.com, “Highlands’ 2011 valedictorian killed in car crash,” Keith BieryGolick, May 15, 2014