High school student dies in tragic auto collision

A Clayton High School student was crossing the road in that town last Thursday when he was fatally struck by a car. The 18-year-old young man was on his way to school at the time of the accident.

The student will be dearly missed by the community, as indicated by heartfelt statements left by his coworkers at Venero's Pizzeria, where he worked six days a week. The restaurant issued a statement in his memory that said, "He always came in ready to work and willing to help anyone who needed it ... His big heart and presence will be missed. Our hearts go out to his family and friends."

The accent happened early last Thursday, at 7 a.m., not far from West Clayton Elementary School. The local police chief in Clayton said that it was a tragic accident. He also said that the young man wasn't wearing headphones or using his cellphone while crossing the road.

As a result of the accident, the police chief said that the road needs to be changed to make it safer. He said it needed crosswalks installed. He also felt that the town needs an active school zone sign with a flashing indicator light. "They don't have anything active right now," the officer said.

Venero's Pizzeria is planning a night to collect donations for the deceased student's family.

Family members who lose their loved ones in tragic pedestrian versus car accidents may want to investigate the circumstances of the events to determine who was at fault. If another party, such as a negligent driver or negligent city that failed to maintain the roads, is at fault for the accident and death, family members may be able to pursue wrongful death damages in court.

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