This is the area where Nathan Smitherman was killed in a crash on Alabama 5, about two miles south of West Blocton. Source: Kelvin Reynolds
Troopers say Nathan Smitherman was driving a Ford Ranger that left Alabama 5 and hit a tree. Source: Bibb County Sheriff's Office
Pastor Mike Allen, who baptized Nathan as a child and was his basketball coach, will also deliver his eulogy on Saturday. Source: Kelvin Reynolds/WBRC
BIBB COUNTY, AL (WBRC) -
Folks in Bibb County are in mourning after a teenager died in a car crash overnight.
Alabama State Troopers say 16-year-old Nathan Smitherman was killed when the 2003 Ford Ranger he was driving veered off the road and hit a tree. The crash happened at 12:30 a.m. on Alabama 5 about two miles south of West Blocton.
Smitherman was a 10th grader at Cahawba Christian Academy. His basketball coach, Pastor Mike Allen, says kids who new Nathan are having a hard time dealing with his death.
"The deal with Nathan, I think more of the kids. I was just talking with one of the young ladies in school this morning [who] was just kind of in awe. Really didn't know how to deal with it. And anytime something shocking happens, the reality doesn't set in until a few days later," Pastor Allen said.
Allen and others say Smitherman was returning home from Hoover at the time of the accident. He fondly remembers baptizing Nathan as a child. On Saturday, he'll eulogize him in his funeral.
"He was truly a joy. Truly just a young man full of life and you know in a small school situation like that we're all kind of a family and it's like we've lost part of our family," Allen said.
Nathan Smitherman's funeral will be held on Saturday at 2 p.m. at Centreville Baptist Church. Visitation is at 1 p.m. at the church.