Carson High School teen dies weeks after Nov. 9 crash on Kings Canyon
Family members confirmed via social media that one of seven teens involved in a crash on Kings Canyon on November 9 in Carson City has passed away.
Timothy Jones, 16, had been in a medically induced coma since the crash in early November, in which two other high school students were critically injured. Jones was a junior honor student and played baseball for Carson High School.
Carson City School District Superintendent,Richard Stokes released the following statement on Monday, November 27.
Our hearts ache for all the families and individuals involved in the car accident in Kings Canyon. We learned yesterday from law enforcement that one of our students passed away. Throughout the day today, the administration at Carson High School has provided and will continue to provide, as needed this week, grief counseling and support for students and staff. As more is learned about a memorial service, we will pass that information along.”
Carson City Sheriff Ken Furlong says he was briefed by the Medical Examiner's Office on Sunday about Jones' death. Furlong released the following statement on Monday, November 27:
This is a tragedy. Anytime we lose one of our children, it is devastating to the community, we know it is difficult for the kids to sit in school next to an empty desk where their friend used to sit. These are our friends. These are our kids. It is very very sad when something like this happens.
A Facebook post shared by the Carson Baseball Boosters Club offered condolences to friends and family of the 16-year-old.
Several fundraising events were held throughout the capital city over the past several weeks including a Carson-Douglas High School faculty basketball game where over $10,000 was raised for the victims. A candlelight vigil was held on Sunday, November 12 where hundreds of community members gathered to show their support and strength for the teens. A GoFundMe page named #PrayForThem has raised over $50,000 for the seven victims' medical expenses.
Trooper Dan Gordon with the Nevada Highway Patrol says preliminary investigations reveal that a 2008 Dodge Nitro was travelling eastbound on Kings Canyon near Kingsview when the driver lost control of the vehicle causing it to rollover. Five of the seven juveniles were not wearing seatbelts and two of them were ejected from the SUV.
Gordon says two other occupants remain in the hospital with serious injuries.
The cause of the crash remains under investigation.
Sgt. Karen Garretson of the Nevada Highway Patrol’s Multi-disciplinary Investigation and Reconstruction Team (M.I.R.T.) is investigating this crash. Anyone who may have witnessed this incident or who may have any information related to this crash is encouraged to contact Sgt. Garretson (NHP) at 775-687-9618 or email@example.com regarding case #171100915