Chelsea students mourn teen killed in weekend wreck

Chelsea students mourn teen killed in weekend wreck

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Chelsea High School sophomore Nicholas Hill, 16, was killed in a wreck on County Road 55 Saturday night. Chelsea High School sophomore Nicholas Hill, 16, was killed in a wreck on County Road 55 Saturday night.
Crime scene marks the spot where Hill's vehicle went off the road and struck a tree around 6:50 p.m. Source: WBRC video Crime scene marks the spot where Hill's vehicle went off the road and struck a tree around 6:50 p.m. Source: WBRC video
Grief counselors spoke with students on Monday at Chelsea High School. Source: WBRC video Grief counselors spoke with students on Monday at Chelsea High School. Source: WBRC video
CHELSEA, AL (WBRC) -

It was a deadly weekend on the roads. Four people died in DeKalb, Blount and Shelby counties, including a teenager who attended Chelsea High School.

A 68-year old man was killed in DeKalb County in a one-car accident, a 16 and 18-year-old were killed in Blount County in a two-car crash, and none of those three were wearing their seatbelts.

Investigators have not said whether 16-year old Nicholas Hill was wearing his seatbelt Saturday night when he was killed.

Officials say Hill was on County Road 55 just north of Columbiana around 6:50 p.m. Saturday night when his car ran off the road and struck a tree, killing him.

State troopers say they're still investigating the crash, but do think speed was a factor.

Saturday night was prom night for Chelsea High School, but school officials don't think Hill was heading to prom because he was a sophomore and prom is only for juniors and seniors.

But Hill's older sister is a senior at the school and is believed to have been at the prom when she found out what happened.

"It's hit the school hard, not only because of him, but also everybody's being very sympathetic towards his family, and his sister especially. So it's just been a really hard day," Shelby County spokeswoman Cindy Warner said.

Grief counselors talked to students at Chelsea High School on Monday.

"The students have been making banners and writing letters to him and to his family, just kind of processing their emotions today," Warner added.

The tragic irony is Chelsea High School held a special safe-drving demonstration just two weeks ago with prom season in mind, but it was geared towards juniors and seniors.

"It's one of those things where we have to stay diligent. Trying to help remind the kids about the dangers of texting, the dangers of distracted driving, the dangers of speed, not wearing your seatbelts," Warner said.

"All of those things are just things we have to continually reinforce because they're young and they think they're invincible and 'It's never going to happen to me,' so it is something we have to stay very vigilant about having to remind them of."

School administrators didn't want to go on camera today but they say Nicholas was a very well-liked student. The wreck remains under investigation.

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