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Florida high school quarterback killed while helping stuck driver, authorities say


Nick Miner, 18, was trying to help a truck back on the road, authorities said.

A high school quarterback was killed in Florida on Sunday when a driver rammed his truck while trying to help a vehicle back onto the road, authorities said.

A woman driving a Honda Insight failed to see Nick Miner’s 18-year-old Ford F-150 pickup truck stopped on the road and collided with it on Dallas Boulevard, just south of Oberly Parkway in Orlando , according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Miner had tried to help get a second F-150 pickup back on the road after it got stuck on the east shoulder, authorities said. The miner’s truck was overturned in the collision and he suffered fatal injuries after being ejected, according to an FHP press release.

Two women, ages 17 and 20, were standing outside the stuck truck and were struck by Miner’s pickup during the collision, highway patrol said.

They were taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries, the statement said.

East River High School principal Becky Watson released a statement following the fatal incident, saying she “has been made aware of the tragic death of one of our students”.

“I know I speak for the entire East River High community when I express the grief felt at the loss of one of our own,” she wrote. “My thoughts and prayers are with this student’s family and friends as they go through this extremely difficult time.”

The high school had bereavement counselors on campus Monday “for any student or staff member who needs to speak to someone about this loss,” the high school wrote on Twitter.

A memorial has been unveiled at the crash site in Orange County, according to a report.

“It’s a fraternity, and Nick was like the leader of the fraternity,” one of his teammates, Cole Strawder, told Orlando ABC affiliate WFTV9. “He came out doing what he always did. Helping people and being a leader.”

The Florida Highway Patrol said there is still an active investigation and charges are pending.

ABC News

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