UPDATE | Candlelight vigil held for student killed in crash

Published: Sep. 23, 2019 at 7:13 PM EDT
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UPDATE 9/30/19 @ 10 p.m.

A week after a crash claimed the life of a Lincoln County High School student, classmates and community members held a candlelight vigil outside the school Monday night.

Dylan Lovejoy, who was 16, was riding in a truck that collided with another truck on state Route 3 in Hamlin.

Lovejoy's classmate Trace Adkins say the morning of the accident, they got out of school early because the air conditioning malfunctioned.

Adkins says several students used the extra time off to go fishing. He says they were on their way back from fishing when the accident happened.

"He was just one of those people that was always happy," Adkins said. "There was never a sad moment about that kid."

Lovejoy's parents attended the vigil. They say they couldn't have made it through this painful loss without all the community support.

"If anything good came out of this, it's the love and the community coming together" Lovejoy's father David Randolph said. "He was one of a kind."

A memorial has been set up at the site of the crash. It's a cross with his name, a picture of him, a fishing pole, and flowers.

"He had a heart of gold," his father said. "The stories we've heard that he never came home and bragged about -- all the good he did for other kids -- I just want everybody to know he was the best. I couldn't ask for anything better than that."

Lovejoy's friend who was also in the crash was just released from the hospital a few days ago, classmates say. The friend donated a blanket for Lovejoy's little sister. Those who were at the vigil signed it before they left.

Lovejoy's funeral was held Saturday.

Community members held several fundraisers to help the family with funeral expenses.

UPDATE 9/24/19 @ 10 p.m.

It was an incredibly difficult day at Lincoln County High School.

Dylan Lovejoy was a junior there. The 16-year-old was killed in a vehicle accident Monday afternoon on state Route 3 in Hamlin.

Friends say his last name suited him perfectly.

"He always put a smile on your face," Lincoln County classmate Sophia Rakes said. "He'd be there to lift you up if you were down."

Rakes had been Lovejoy's classmate since elementary school. She says future school functions will bring a much different feeling with his absence.

"It's going to be really hard, especially for the clan all of us had," Rakes said. "We were all so tight."

Kadance Butcher goes to Cabell Midland High School and met Lovejoy a couple years ago through mutual friends.

"He never ever had a frown on his face," Butcher said. "He didn't deserve this, especially at 16. He didn't get to be a kid enough. We had all planned to grow up together and our kids know each other, and we'd keep it going, but this time he won't be with us."

Friends say Lovejoy was a loving big brother.

They're finding it extremely difficult to grasp the idea that their friendship was cut abruptly, tragically short.

"He didn't get to experience graduation," Butcher said. "He didn't even get to go to homecoming this year. It's truly heart-wrenching."

Grief counselors were at Lincoln County High School Tuesday to talk with students.

UPDATE 9/24/19 @ 1:15 p.m.

A community is mourning the loss of a teenager after a crash in Lincoln County.

The accident happened between 4 and 4:30 p.m. Monday near a sharp curve on state Route 3 in Hamlin.

A family member tells WSAZ that Dylan Lovejoy, 16, of Hamlin, died in the crash. Lovejoy was a junior at Lincoln County High School.

Two others were injured in the crash. Investigators say the accident involved two trucks traveling in opposite directions. Both trucks ended up in a ditch.

According to his family, you can donate to Lovejoy's funeral expenses on

, at any City National Bank branch under "Randolph Family Fund" (account ending in 5765), or directly to Koontz Funeral Home.

Deputies have not released a cause of the crash.

Keep checking the WSAZ app for the latest information.

UPDATE 9/23/19 @ 9:20 p.m.

The victim of Monday's fatal crash in Lincoln County was a student at Lincoln County High School, school officials say.

A post on the high school's Facebook page asks followers to keep the school and community in their thoughts and prayers. The school administrator says grief counselors will be available Tuesday to talk with students and help them through their loss.

The accident happened between 4 and 4:30 p.m. Monday near a sharp curve on State Route 3 in Hamlin. It involved two trucks that had been traveling in opposite directions.

Both trucks ended up in a ditch, and one was smoking. A neighbor said he got a fire extinguisher from his home and helped put out the source of the smoke.

Two people involved in the crash were taken to the hospital, including one who was flown from the scene.

Route 3 was temporarily closed during the accident cleanup and investigation.

No names have been released at this time. Keep checking the WSAZ app for the latest information.


One person has died following a crash on state Route 3 in Hamlin.

That is according to the Lincoln County sheriff who says two other people were injured in the crash. One was flown to the hospital, and another was taken by ambulance.

According to the sheriff the two-vehicle accident happened close to a sharp curve along Route 3 between 4 to 4:30 this afternoon.

The sheriff says the road will be shut down for about another hour.

No other details are being released at this time.

Keep checking the WSAZ app for the latest information.

Please keep our school and community in your thoughts during this difficult time, especially our students. We could use...

Posted by Lincoln County High School on Monday, September 23, 2019