UPDATE: School Grieving Teenager's Death; Hoping for Other Student's Quick Recovery

By: Cathleen Moxley, Jeremy Edwards Email
By: Cathleen Moxley, Jeremy Edwards Email

UPDATE 5/1/12 @ 6:35 p.m.
MINGO COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A new high school ends the year in grief after two students were in an accident on their way to school.

Mingo County Sheriff’s deputies say the car they were in rolled over about 6:30 a.m. Tuesday on U.S. 52 near Gilbert.

One of the victims is in the hospital while the family of the other prepares for his funeral.

Tyler Hatfield, 17, died in the accident. His friend, Dakota "Cody" Carter, was taken to the hospital and is expected to survive.

“You never can replace a young man, 17 years old, that dies before their time,” Gordon Carter, Hatfield’s former football coach at Gilbert High School, said.

Gilbert High and several other schools consolidated into Mingo Central High School in 2011, and news of Hatfield’s death is hitting students from Gilbert the hardest.

“It was a tough lick for them because all their lives they'd spent time with Tyler in school and everybody over in that area knew him,” Carter said.

Cody Carter remains in the hospital, and is set to graduate in a matter of weeks. Now, he and many other friends are learning a tough life lesson before their high school days are over. However, they're not going through it alone.

“We laughed with them, we cried with them, we shared stories. It was hard,” guidance counselor Riley Browning said.

Browning admits it was especially difficult to help students through a situation that has such a huge impact on him.

“It's like you're trying to hold it together because you're feeling it,” Browning said. “You're as hurt as they are and you're trying to be there for them and to kind of be that stone to hold them up, and it's not so easy.”

A candlelight vigil will take place at 8 p.m. Tuesday at the old Gilbert High School football field in memory of Tyler Hatfield.



UPDATE @ 1:10 p.m.
MINGO COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Students and teachers at Mingo Central High School are dealing with the loss of a student who was killed in an early morning crash.

The principal at the school tells WSAZ.com Tyler Hatfield, 17, of Mingo County, was killed in an accident about 6:30 a.m. Tuesday. Dakota "Cody" Carter was also in the car. Cody was flown to Cabell Huntington Hospital, but the principal says he's expected to be okay.

Cody is a senior at Mingo Central High School.

Mingo County Sheriff's Deputies tell WSAZ.com Tyler and Cody were involved in a rollover accident at the foot of Horse Pen Mountain on the Gilbert side. No other vehicles were involved.

No word on what caused the accident.

Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for more information.



ORIGINAL STORY
MINGO COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A teenage boy is dead and another boy has been seriously injured after a single car crash in Mingo County.

Deputies say the crash happened about 6:30 a.m. Tuesday at the foot of Horse Pen Mountain on the Gilbert side.

Deputies say the boys were on their way to school at Mingo Central High School when the accident happened.

The boy who was injured was flown to Cabell Huntington Hospital for treatment.

No names have been released.

Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for updates.


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