I am sad to report that a tragic crash in Harrison County, Indiana on Thursday claimed the life of a student at South Central High School and injured several others. This crash is particularly devastating for my family, as both of my nephews attend South Central and know the victim, Clint Burns.
Thursday afternoon, Burns and three others were driving on Highway 11, when police are reporting that the Honda Accord they were in crossed the center line, lost control and slammed into a tree. Burns died at the scene and the others suffered serious injuries requiring hospitalization and surgery.
It is still unclear from news reports who was driving or what caused the distraction, but this is yet another opportunity to remind parents to talk to your kids about distracted driving. It is very easy when you get four teenagers in a car to have multiple distractions – talking and joking/horseplay, radio, cell phones and texting, etc. All it takes is a split second for any one of the distractions to cause a tragedy such as this.
My nephews tell me that the South Central High School and whole Elizabeth, Indiana community has come together in support of these teenagers. My hearts go out to the Burns family for this unimaginable loss, and I wish the others a fast and full recovery.