A 16-year-old baseball player who attended Kempsville High School was taken from us far too soon in a tragic car wreck. He was a passenger in a car that crashed into a tree on Avalon Avenue in Virginia Beach, Virginia (VA).

Losing a loved one in an accident is always awful; a pain so severe that words can barely describe the torment. But losing someone so young with so much promise makes matters even worse. I can’t imagine what the family is going through right now. My deepest condolences go out to the parents and relatives.

Our firm wrote about this terrible car accident and the outpouring of concern and remembrance from friends and classmates has been tremendous. A Facebook group was created in memory of the teen and it now features nearly 1,500 members.

The general consensus is that this burgeoning baseball talent was very well-liked and had a great smile, according to The Virginian-Pilot. Teachers described the teen as a good student and enjoyed playing on the high school baseball team.

This tragedy emphasizes the unintended consequences of driving while intoxicated. The driver of the car who caused the car crash, a fellow 16 year old, was apparently drinking and driving (he was charged with a DUI and involuntary manslaughter). Hopefully, the students at Kempsville High School, and high schools around the Commonwealth, will take notice and exercise responsible behavior while behind the wheel in the future.  

But right now, the family and friends of this teen should try to stay focused on remembering the good times.