New Information: Deadly Accident in Candler
News 13 has new information in the deadly car accident that claimed the life of an Enka High student. We now know the 16 year-old driver of the car, did not have a license. Troopers say he may have been an inexperienced driver who ran off the road and over corrected, hitting a tree. Fifteen year-old Chris Taylor was killed. Troopers say both teens were wearing seat belts, and alcohol was not involved.
Wednesday, family and friends gathered at that same accident scene to honor Taylor. His family and teammates watched Wednesday morning as the tree was cut down.
The wail of a chainsaw becomes the sound of relief for a grieving family. Two days ago they suffered the shock of their lives as a car carrying Chris Taylor crashed into the big poplar, ending his life. The impact stripped the bark from the tree and the property owner decided to cut it down. "This idea of taking the tree down just kinda caught fire, the tree was not at fault, but it was just a symbol of the tragedy, and what occurred, and everybody just wanted to take that part away," says Chris Taylor's father, Calvin Taylor.
It was Chris's Enka High Jets football teammates that took the trunk, the branches and the limbs away. For them and the family this labor of love removed at least some of the ache in these days of loss. "To take the tragic part down and leave his positive memories, and everybody's support and participation, the football team, the high school, the youth league, the churches, it's been amazing," says Calvin Taylor.
Chris's mother, father, sister and brother say they felt a community come together to stand with them in honoring the 15 year-old lineman who worked hard to become a varsity player this year. They talked about Chris, they prayed for the family and they comforted the teammates.
"We have a long road ahead of us, we practiced for the first time today, and we had a good one, you try to get back to some sense of normalcy, for him and still find the right ways to honor Chris and his legacy," says Enka High Head Coach, Jeff Frady.
The family has planned services at Pole Creek Baptist Church at 2 p.m. Saturday. Click here to view Christopher Taylor's obituary.
By: Sherrill Barber
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