Wellington teen killed in crash honored by community, peers

LAGRANGE TOWNSHIP, Ohio — Students, coaches and parents are remembering the life of a 17-year-old Keystone High School student killed in a crash Friday.

Nearly 150 people attended a tribute Saturday morning at the high school to remember the life of Nathanial Barrett, of Wellington. Flowers were also laid at the crash site.

“He was the best friend you could ever have, couldn’t ask for anything more,” said friend Matthew Kelling.

Kelling describes the tribute as somber and silent. The death of Barrett a shock to everyone that knew him.

“This will be a difficult few weeks as we move forward but we will come together and make sure we are all okay,” said Keystone High School principal James Kohler.

Barrett was a junior at Keystone High School, according to his coach Don Griswold. He was a running back — No. 19 — for the school’s football team in addition to being a member of the baseball and track teams.

“Everyone is struggling to make sense of it,” Griswold said. “They have been praying, crying, laughing together. It’s just tragic.”

Griswold said Barrett was “just an average all-American kid.”

According to reports from the Ohio State Highway Patrol, the crash happened around 4:17 p.m. on state Route 301 south of Whitney Road in LaGrange Township.

Barrett was driving a 2006 Acura MDX south on state Route 301 when he lost control, went off the left side of the road and hit two trees.

Barrett was wearing his seat belt. He was taken to the hospital where he died.

Alcohol or drug use are not suspected, and the crash remains under investigation.

Many within the community took to social media to remember the student:

 

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