Pick-up Accident Claims Teen's Life
An investigation is under way into an accident that killed a Haywood County teenager. The sheriff's office says 18 year-old Tyler Jensen died when he was thrown from the back of a pick-up truck about 3:30 Wednesday morning. No one else was injured.
It happened off Shelton Laurel Road in the Fines Creek area. Nearby residents say the truck was bouncing through mud holes when it happened.
Jensen's parents had been rejoicing in the birth of new grandson just days ago. "And then Tyler was taken from us. I can only think Tyler's up there watching," says his father Kevin "Fuzzy" Jensen.
Fuzzy Jensen is a Desert Storm veteran and former Marine. He says Tyler seized life with a big heart, always looking to help people.
Tyler Jensen is survived by several family members, including three brothers. "He would write his own Christian rap music. And he could sing too," says his brother, Cody.
The family says, in Tyler's death, they will rely on faith. "As far as our faith; are we going to be broken? Absolutely not," says "Tyler's father. He says they're thankful for community support. "And that thing is just huge right now as far as the outpouring of love and support that we've received."
Tyler Jensen attended Central Haywood High School two years ago, where he is fondly remembered.
"He was very social. He enjoyed being around his peers, always had a smile on his face, very positive young man...A very loving and caring young man," says Principal Jeff Haney.
There's no word if any charges will be filed as the Haywood County Sheriff's Office continues its investigation.
The family will receive friends from 5 until 8 p.m. Friday July 25th at Wells Funeral Home in Waynesville. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday July 26th at the Waynesville Chapel of Wells Funeral Home.
By Rex Hodge
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