Five HHS Grads Involved in Alabama Accident, One Dead

By: Randy Yohe and Michael Wooten Email
By: Randy Yohe and Michael Wooten Email

A 2007 Huntington High School graduate was killed, another critically injured after a car accident in Alabama.

Just days ago, he graduated from Huntington High School. Now, one young man has been killed in a car crash in Alabama.

The Alabama Highway Patrol tells us that 18-year-old Christopher Withers was killed in a car accident on Sunday afternoon. Police say Withers wasn't wearing a seat belt.

Four other Huntington High grads were with Withers at the time of the accident.

The Alabama Highway Patrol tells us that grads Matthew Rowsey, his twin brother Kevin Rowsey, Edward Paul and Bobby Gleason were all injured in the accident.

At 8:45 Tuesday morning, Flowers Hospital in Dothan reports that Gleason remains in critical conditon.. None of the injuries to the other 3 boys are life threatening. Two of the boys were thrown from their van on impact.

The accident happened just outside the small town of Opp, Alabama. That's about two hours south of the capitol city of Montgomery. They were returning to Huntington from a beach trip to Panama City, FL.

It was a two car accident. The people in the other car were Ronald Juenger and Dianne Juenger of West Chester, Ohio. They both received injuries.

The tragedy has thrown this close community for a loop, but it is that tight knit spirit that is helping friends and family go on. Monday night friends gathered to shed tears and remember the good times. More than a hundred people gathered at Our Lady of Fatima Church to be together and grieve.

Family and friends also gathered at an impromptu candlelight vigil at the foot of the hill leading up to the school where the young men graduated. About fifty people turned out to remember the victims and offer their prayers and support to the families.

Stay tuned to NewsChannel 3 and for the latest information.

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