UPDATE: Jackson County, Ohio Teen Killed in Crash

By: Brad Myers; WSAZ News Staff Email
By: Brad Myers; WSAZ News Staff Email

UPDATE 7/23/14 @ 6:15 p.m.
JACKSON COUNTY, Ohio (WSAZ) -- Hundreds of friends, family and fellow community members turned out to Jackson High School Wednesday morning to remember a teenager killed in a crash.

According to investigators with the Ohio Highway Patrol, 19-year-old Jay Spires died when his SUV hit a tree off of State Route 139 Tuesday night.

"He was an amazing person," Haley Swackhammer said. "There wasn't one person that didn't like him. He touched a lot of people."

The impromptu gathering started after people heard about the accident on Twitter and other social media.

"It doesn't feel real," Swackhammer said. "It feels like he's still here, like I'm going to see him tomorrow."

The deadly crash has now left many in the community stunned.

"It feels like it's a dream," Ethan Quinn said. "Jay was a teammate of mine. A good friend, and I just had to tell myself, he's gone. That's one of the hardest things I've ever had to do, and it still is."

Quinn was one of hundreds of people who came out to pay respect to a friend he says was one of a kind.

"You could ask anybody in Jackson County, and they couldn't tell you one bad thing about Jay. But the biggest thing is, not only the things he did on that field, but the things he did in the school. The things he did in our lives, personally."

Jackson Head Football coach Andy Hall gave his team the day off to grieve the loss of their former teammate.

"He was a kid that, as a father of two now, what your kids want to be," Hall said. "We know we have to move on. It will be hard, but football was Jay's life. and this football team is something he was very proud of. So, we will play and dedicate this season in his honor."

Coach Hall says this upcoming season, the team will wear special stickers with Jay's #57 on the back of their helmets. He says no one will wear Jay's #57 jersey, in honor of him and his family.



ORIGINAL STORY 7/22/14
JACKSON COUNTY, Ohio (WSAZ) -- A fatal car accident kills one teenager and sends the passenger to the hospital with serious injuries.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol tells WSAZ.com that the single-car accident happened on State Route 139, south of State Route 32, just after 10 p.m. Tuesday.

The Patrol says William Spires, 19, and Steven Kearns, 19, both of Jackson, were traveling southbound on State Route 139 when Spires lost control of his car.

The 2008 Hyundai went off the right side of the road and hit a guardrail, the car then went across the road, hitting the opposite guardrail, and finally crashed into a tree.

Spires was pronounced dead at the scene by the Jackson County Coroner.

Kearns was seriously injured and taken to Holzer Hospital by Jackson County EMS.

State Route 139 was closed for about three hours.

The crash remains under investigation.


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