DEKALB, Ind. (WOWO): Two DeKalb High School football players were headed to grab a bite to eat before Friday night’s game with New Haven. They never made it to the game.
That’s because they were involved in a deadly crash at the intersection of County Roads 19 and 40 Friday night. Police say 17-year-old Derek Padilla drove his vehicle into the path of another car. The impact of that crash pushed Padilla’s vehicle into yet another car’s path.
RIP #34 you will be missed. Thanks to all of Baron Nation and beyond for thoughts and prayers pic.twitter.com/w6Q61p3c0q
— DHSAthletics (@BaronAthletics) September 3, 2016
Padilla was pronounced dead at the scene. His passenger and teammate, 16-year-old Lucas Oberkiser, was critically injured.
The news caused DeKalb Schools to offer grief counselors and support for students over the weekend:
Continued support for those needing help will be available today, Sat., Sept. 3, from 9-Noon in the DHS commons. Enter through door 24.
— DeKalbHighSchool (@DeKalbHS) September 3, 2016
It even attracted the attention of national TV and radio talk show host Montel Williams, who encouraged students to “stay strong” as they dealt with their grief.
— Montel Williams (@Montel_Williams) September 3, 2016
Friday night’s DeKalb vs New Haven game was cancelled, and will be rescheduled at a later date.