Carey community remembers 15-yr-old Hennefer, killed in tragic accident



By Rachael Giffoni

The school and community of Carey are mourning the loss of one of their own. Tuesday, at 7:30 in the morning, a 15-year-old sophomore was behind the wheel of a drivers education vehicle, when he was hit by another car.

He succumbed to his injuries at the scene, in this tragic accident off U.S. Highway 20 between Stanton Crossing and the U.S Highway 75 junction.

The school is remembering Austin Hennefer.

In shock, Carey's student body president Blair Peck is remembering 15-year-old Austin Hennefer, killed Tuesday morning. “It can’t be true, he’s always going to be here. He hasn’t even gone through high school yet.”

Cary School Principal John Peck said, “A car was coming. It slid, and hit theirs.”

As Carey school's principal explains, a drivers education class turned tragic. The roads were icy that morning. It's an accident he says, could of happened to anybody.

Peck said, “I don’t see any reason why we would be concerned about driver’s ed, or what happened out there. I don’t think it was the fault of the driver’s ed teacher, or the student.”

With 70 students at the high school, the principal says it feels like everyone has been affected. But he’s grateful for the support from the community. “Over 50 e-mails, and phone calls from all over the district. And other schools, too. Mackey called. Castleford called.”

But the school is left with a void.

Principal Peck said, “ He was on the football team, and in the music program, and in the play. A great kid. Really involved in lots of stuff.”

Peck’s son Blaine said, “He was a really funny kid, he was involved in everything. He loved to be involved, loved to joke around with people. It’s all (his death) a dream. It doesn’t feel real.

The community is planning to plant a tree in Austin’s honor in the spring.
And it's certain: students, parents, family and friends aren't going to let his presence be forgotten.

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