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Deadly Wreck in Candler

UPDATE 9/1 --

Troopers file charges in the accident that killed a 15-year-old high school football player in July.

The Highway Patrol confirms the 16-year-old driver is now charged with misdemeanor death by vehicle.

On July 28, Christopher Taylor was killed when the car he was riding in crashed into a tree on Reeves Cove Road in Candler.

Troopers say the 16-year-old driver was going about 20 miles an hour over the speed limit and did not have a license when the crash happened.

A football player at Enka High School was killed Monday afternoon in a car crash.

School officials say 15 year-old Christopher Taylor was a passenger in a car that struck a tree on Reeves Cove Road in Candler. He died at the scene. Troopers say the 16 year-old driver lost control, over-corrected and slammed into a tree. He was treated and released from the hospital.

The crash happened around 2 p.m. Monday. The cause of the accident remains under investigation. No charges have been filed at this time.

Taylor had attended football practice at the school earlier in the day. He was scheduled to be a sophomore for the 2014-2015 school year.

Jeffrey Frady, Enka High School Head Football Coach, canceled football practice for Tuesday following the accident. "Chris was an outstanding person, athlete, and an important part of our Enka family. It's important for our players to have a chance to come to grips with this tragedy," Coach Frady said. "He loved this team, and we will faithfully honor his memory. I promise you that."

Crisis Support personnel from around the school system will be at the high school providing counseling services for any student and staff requesting them. These services will remain as long as they are needed.

"Our hearts are heavy today," Enka High School Principal Edwin Spivey said. "I have no doubt Chris had a promising future. He will be dearly missed by his family, friends, teammates, and our Enka faculty and staff."

Dr. Tony Baldwin, Superintendent of Schools, said, "Our deepest condolences and prayers go out to this young man and his family during this most difficult time."


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