A 15-year-old Wilmington Area High School student was killed in a car accident around 9:30 Friday.
Around 9:30 p.m., the boy and his 17-year-old friend were heading down South Valley View Road near Route 208 as they came back from a girls' basketball game in Wilmington.
For unknown reasons, the 17-year-old evidently lost control of his truck. The truck left the road, went down an embankment and flipped over, landing on its roof in Deer Creek.
The two boys were immediately rushed to St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown. Authorities have not said whether the 15-year-old boy was pronounced dead at the scene, if he died en route or if he died at the hospital.
The 17-year-old boy is in stable condition.
On Saturday, the Wilmington High School boys' basketball team paid tribute to the boy before the start of the game with a brief remembrance followed by a moment of silence. His friends and classmates recalled him as a valuable member of the school's band and golf teams. Word quickly spread that tribute would be paid to him at the basketball game and it has been reported that the gym was "overflowing."
This is the second time a Wilmington Area High School student has been taken from his family far too soon by a car accident. In November 2012, an 18-year-old man was killed after he lost control of his vehicle and struck two utility poles along Route 18.
Source: The Vindicator, "Wilmington students remember classmate killed in plunge," Matthew Peaslee, Jan. 6, 2012
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