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UPDATE: Accident results in fatality

Friday, October 9, 2009

According to a press release provided by The Clay County Sheriff's Department, the victim of a single vehicle accident late Thursday evening was identified as a 15-year-old Northview High School student.

At approximately 8:53 p.m., CCSD officials were notified of the accident, which took place close to 700-feet south of County Road 1000 North on Kennedy's Crossing Road.

Upon arrival, officials discovered one of the passengers in the accident was unresponsive.

The passenger in the vehicle, later identified as 15-year-old Halie Hite, was transported to St. Vincent Clay Hospital by TransCare. She was later pronounced dead shortly after 10:30 p.m., by Clay County Coroner Joel Reinoehl, due to injuries sustained in the accident.

According to the press release, the driver of the vehicle, Cameron Sanders, 18, Brazil, told officials he was traveling north on Kennedy's Crossing and lost control of the vehicle, eventually running off the road and striking a tree on the driver side.

Sanders sustained minor injuries and was released from St. Vincent Clay Hospital early Friday morning.

The accident is still under investigation, according to CCSD officials.

Also responding to the accident were the Dick Johnson Township Volunteer Fire Department and Clay County Search and Rescue.

In a press release provided by the Clay Community School Corporation, administration received word of the accident late Thursday evening.

Students at both Northview and North Clay Middle School were given the opportunity for grief counseling throughout the day Friday from school guidance counselors. In addition, local clergy were on hand at both schools.

As a result of the accident, the Northview football home game has been rescheduled for 1 p.m., Saturday.


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OMG .. my son is 15 as well! How awful for the parents of this beautiful young girl. How awful for the parents of the driver.

My prayers are with you in this time of sadness and loss. I'm so sorry for you both.

-- Posted by Emmes on Fri, Oct 9, 2009, at 11:06 AM

My son was really good friends with her. She will be soooo greatly missed by everyone. Something needs to be done about that rode. There are two many kids that go flying down that road. I hope that kids learn a lesson from all of this. A vehicle is a very dangerous weapon. My thoughts go out to the families of both of the kids.

-- Posted by time2growup on Fri, Oct 9, 2009, at 11:33 AM

All of the roads around the high school need to be fully supervised, have you ever been in that parking lot after school lets out or after a ballgame, it is crazy. The kids that drive, are in a big hurry to leave and often not even watching around them. The guy who directs traffic is a joke, he cannot be in the lot too. Watch the kids who hang out at he side parking lot, what is up with that? I just knew that something bad was going to result from all of this unsupervision around the school. Why don't the students have to get parking permits, then when they are registered to park, you can track who the crazys are, and who the irresponsible drivers are!

-- Posted by busymomandstudent on Fri, Oct 9, 2009, at 12:37 PM

They do have parking permits...but can you ever really keep everyone safe..? God bless these families, say a prayer for both families involved. Try not to place blame anywhere.

-- Posted by RickS on Fri, Oct 9, 2009, at 1:01 PM

May God comfort the families involved.

The road is safe. The kids don't realize how slick it can get from just a little rain.

I know that when Brandy was killed, that class was hurt deeply. But I am sure that many of them learned through loosing their friend, how fragile life can be. Our hearts go out to both families.

-- Posted by Conservative Dad on Fri, Oct 9, 2009, at 1:10 PM

Sincere sympathy to Halie's family, and may God be with both families and all of the students' friends. What a very tragic and sad thing to have happened. EVERYONE..........PLEASE BE CAREFUL no matter where you are.

-- Posted by JaniLou on Fri, Oct 9, 2009, at 1:46 PM

Everybody around is talking how the road is unsafe. The road is safe if youy make it safe. Kids now days just dont think of safety. They need to slow down and drive with sense. This is going to keep happening because they just dont care.

-- Posted by max23 on Fri, Oct 9, 2009, at 2:13 PM

Instead of trying to blame someone lets try to be a united community and get through this horrible accident. Many thoughts and prayers to the families and friends of Halie and Cameron.My daughter knew Halie since early elementary school and I know she will have only fond memories of her. She will be greatly missed.

-- Posted by westsidemom on Fri, Oct 9, 2009, at 2:17 PM

max23,

You are right about one thing, the road is generally safe. But it is just not "kids' that make our roadways unsafe,adults do as well. I see everyday on the public roads "adults" IN A Hurry tryin to get to appointments or work making stupid traffic errors. So you see the difference is Kids are still learning these driving skills, but we as adults already know how to drive safe, but when their are acts of nature(rain,snow, etc...)thrown into the mix,sometimes accidents happen, and that is just that an "accident" happened.And anyone can hide behind a computer and have an opinion about these accidents, but if we truly want to see these thing quit happening,we need to as productive citizens help these students and families involved get through this tradegy and teach and learn potenial areas to improve these driving skills of our kids instead of placing blame and complaining.

-- Posted by westsidemom on Fri, Oct 9, 2009, at 2:36 PM

grrr school totally sucks today...alot of people was in the autitorioum crying and a i was 2... R.I.P. HALIE HITE WE WILL ALL LOVE AND MISS YOU DEARLY ]= i rlly cnt believe this happened it all seems just like a bad dream...which i wish it was...i mean she is my age that proves that anybody can pass away at any time anywere... also she is only 15 and has a whole life before her...but i guess it was her time to go ]= at least shes in a better place...REST IN PEACE HALIE HITE WE LOVE AND MISS YOU SOOO MUCH ]= 9-10-94 TO 10-8-09

-- Posted by kcox on Fri, Oct 9, 2009, at 2:47 PM

ALSO I LOVE HALIE

-- Posted by kcox on Fri, Oct 9, 2009, at 2:49 PM

Halie I love you and miss you already.....Cam we know this is not your fault and we still love you to. Please tell me this is a bad dream....OH GOD WHY DID YOU TAKE HER FROM US?????

-- Posted by NMKmarcher on Fri, Oct 9, 2009, at 3:04 PM

My heart aches for the Hite family. Halie was a beautiful girl. She must have been very special to have been taken so soon.

To the Sanders family,

It was an accident, Cam. You will become a stronger and better person because of this.

Both families are in my prayers.

-- Posted by wiseupnow on Fri, Oct 9, 2009, at 3:05 PM

Thank you westsidemom I totally agree with everything you posted!

Before posting comments, please think if it is was you that was driving the car! What happened is absolutely horrible and my sympathy, thoughts, and prayers go out to the Hite family. Nobody or nothing can replace their daughter. But my prayers also go out to Cameron and his family. Cam is a good kid and a great friend to many people, including Halie. I am positive he didn't wish for this to happen yesterday morning when he woke up. It is a lot easier for people to say that kids are crazy drivers and irresponsible, especially the people that were not affected by this. But the bottom line is accidents do happen. And unfortunately, this was a horrible accident. All of my love and support goes out to the friends and families of both kids. They are going to need it.

-- Posted by sream on Fri, Oct 9, 2009, at 3:07 PM

My daughter came home crying from school today. My daughter just talked to Halie on the phone and doesn't know how to handle such a situation. This is so sad for everyone involved and who knew Halie. This happens too often. I hope everyone can get through this and stick together through this tragedy. My heart goes out to both families. Stay strong and you will get through this.

-- Posted by Innocent on Fri, Oct 9, 2009, at 3:56 PM

I would like to say to both of the families my heart goes out to you, and I will keep you in my prayers. I can't imagine what you are going through right now , but please remember one thing and that is you have a lot of people who are here for you and who love and care about you so please if you need anything just speak up and it will be done.We will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers...May God be with you.

-- Posted by TLLBK03 on Fri, Oct 9, 2009, at 4:00 PM

Yes, life is fragile. We as parents realize this. I didn't at their age though either. It was a tragic accident. And a tremendous loss from it. Prayers to BOTH families for strength during this solemn time.

-- Posted by tbdldam on Fri, Oct 9, 2009, at 4:03 PM

May the peace that surpasses all understanding softly rest in the hearts of Halie's parents and all who knew this wonderful person.

-- Posted by Soni on Fri, Oct 9, 2009, at 4:37 PM

WE LOVE YOU HALIE!!! we all miss u. and cam its ok it wasnt ur fault! so people from school STOP with the rumors that he did it purposely! cuz he didnt!!!! we are praying for both families...

-- Posted by mwilson on Fri, Oct 9, 2009, at 5:13 PM

For anyone that thinks the driver did not care....well you couldnt be anymore wrong. He is going through a lot of pain right now. I think out of pure respect for people that are involved that others need to think about what they are sayin on here before you say it. Both families should be in everyones prayers, and it was an accident it could have been anyone driving that car. And I agree with the whole putting up road signs but where you people are talking is not even where it happened. God Bless both families and Cam and Halie you are both in everyones prayers.

-- Posted by shs07 on Fri, Oct 9, 2009, at 7:02 PM

This is going to be a night mare and your lives will never be the same. It will be forever different. It is ok to go thru all the phases of grief. God did not take her-it just happened. But Christ does use these situations so you will lean on him more. Do not try to understand this mess. It just happened. An accident. Do not lean on your own understanding. Just grieve. Come together as a family, community and honor this special girl who brightened so many lives. Love the young man who was driving this car. He is going thru hell I am sure. May God sustain all of the familys involved. And to Halie's friends-Bless you for loving this girl. Learn how fragile life is. And remember you are all special to someone and it is vital that you make wise decisions.

-- Posted by angelinbluejeans on Fri, Oct 9, 2009, at 7:16 PM

I think that everyone really needs to stop and think about what you are writing on here before you write it! I understand that the roads are bad over there, I went to Northview and that is how i went home. You guys are all talking about how kids dont care about their driving and that they go to fast and stuff...think about it. Who taught them to drive? Their parents! When i was in school i lost a few students in my class as well as everyone else did. Some of the students get online to read about what happened and then when they see this they get depressed even more! I agree with what "westsidemom" says. We all "as a community" need to work together and help all these kids get through this! Even if you didnt know the families. Im sure if it were you in this situation you would be very grateful that someone was praying for you and helping your family out, even if they didnt know you!

We will continue to pray for both families during their time of need! They will need prayers for months to come!

-- Posted by Jbone81 on Fri, Oct 9, 2009, at 11:42 PM

i love you halie. i miss my best friend. ill driving in on monday to see you. im sure you are a beautiful angel.

-patricia,

pageant sisters forever and always.

-- Posted by patriciarose on Sun, Oct 11, 2009, at 12:46 AM

Sweet, beautiful Halie .. you will be missed, darlin'. My thoughts and prayers are with the Hite family. I'm so sorry you have to go through this pain and anguish.

To the Sanders family: Cam is a good boy. He would never have intentionally hurt anyone. It isn't in him. I pray that he is able to forgive himself for this terrible accident. It wasn't his fault. Please remind him often.

Much love and peace to both families for their loss and the pain they're suffering. My prayers are with you all. Stay strong.

-- Posted by Emmes on Mon, Oct 12, 2009, at 12:22 PM

WE ALL LOVE YOU HALIE MARIE :)

-- Posted by annieson11 on Mon, Oct 12, 2009, at 1:10 PM

Everyone talking about how kids drive and you know kids think they are totally invincible. I know I was at that age. We all were at one point in time in our lives. My only thought on the road factor is this kids dont take into consideration about road conditions and SPEED because nothing is gonna happen. Well I hope that those that go that way will SLOW DOWN FROM NOW ON!! The speed limit sign says 35 but you cannot take those curves even at 35 and feel safe so when you add speed and rain to the road=TRAGEDY!

-- Posted by srdd on Wed, Oct 28, 2009, at 10:45 PM


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