By: Kayla Bremer
On Tuesday night, the driver of a car with five friends inside lost control and rolled twice, landing in a field two miles north of Waverly along Raymond Road.
Fifteen year old Taylon Artman was thrown from the car and died at the scene.
"It's really hard to believe because just yesterday I was just talking to him and it's just so weird to think one minute he's there and the next minute he's gone," Artman's friend, Aleesha Nelson said.
The Lancaster County Sheriff's Office says only one of the six was wearing a seatbelt and several passengers were ejected from the car.
The passengers, ages 14 through 20, were taken to the hospital and treated for non-life threatening injuries.
Sheriff Terry Wagner says the driver, 15–year–old Carley Benson lost control on the gravel road and overcorrected, sending the car into a ditch.
"Inexperience is going to be a huge factor in this case with the driver only having a learner's permit and only having had that car for about a week," Sheriff Wagner said.
Grief counselors were sent to Waverly High School and Lincoln East to help students cope with Taylon's death.
He transferred to East from Waverly this year.
Aleesha Nelson says she quickly became close friends with Taylon because they were both new students to the school.
"He's the kind of person that if anyone was sad, he could make anybody happy," Nelson said.
Authorities are still investigating the accident and at this point, no tickets have been issued.
Students wore purple in remembrance of Taylon at school Wednesday.
A candle light vigil is planned for Friday in Eagle at 8:30 p.m.
By: Hannah Paczkowski
A 15-year-old boy died after a rollover crash on a gravel road near 141st and Raymond Road, just north of Waverly. The Lancaster County Sheriff's Office says Taylon Artman was killed after being ejected from the car.
The sheriff's office says at around 7 p.m. Tuesday a red 2003 Pontiac Grand Am with six people inside lost control on Raymond Road near N. 141st St. and rolled at least two times. The car landed in a cornfield.
The sheriff's office says five teens were taken to the hospital, one by helicopter. None of their injuries were life threatening.
Deputies say the driver of the car was a 15-year-old girl. Deputies suspect her inexperience and speed were the cause of the accident.
"It lost control, went into the south ditch rolled at least twice it appears two individuals got ejected out, one has passed away," Capt. Ben Houchin said.
Officials say the driver did not have a license and no one was wearing their seat belts. No citations have been issued at this time.
The superintendent at Waverly Public Schools says Artman transferred to Lincoln East High School this year. The Lincoln East principal says crisis teams are available for students.
Bill Heimann, Superintendent of Waverly Schools released this statement:
"On a typical school day, our buildings are filled with energy and excitement, and Taylon had been a part of that environment. Each day we have the opportunity to play a part in a student's growth and learning, but today Waverly High School is saddened due to the loss of Taylon."