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Accident claims BHS students’ lives

One Bearden High School student remembers two “hilarious” and likeable friends when reflecting upon the lives of BHS rising seniors Adam Wise and Justin Householder, killed in a one-car accident on a south Georgia dirt road last week.

“I’ve played music with Justin some, he was a lot like Adam in that he was just absolutely hilarious; really laid-back, he would be friends with anyone,” said Dean Cates, a fellow member of the BHS Class of 2011. “He was unapologetically himself all the time. A great friend and the friendliest guy I know.

“I didn’t know Adam as well as Justin, but Adam was always smiling; he was the kinda guy that would make you laugh just walking by you in the hallway just with something he said,” Cates added. “He was a bright, sunny character. Everybody loved him. He was a great guy.”

Adam, 17, driving a 2001 Nissan Maxima along a rural dirt road in Tift County (near Tifton, Ga.) lost control and ran off the north side of the road mid-afternoon, Wednesday, June 2.

The car flipped and hit a tree, according to Sgt. 1st Class Ron Warren, Georgia State Police Post 13 commander, confirming Justin, 17, a passenger, was pronounced dead on the scene soon after emergency personnel arrived at 4:42 p.m.

An Air Vac lifeflight ambulance initially transported Adam to South Georgia Medical Center, Valdosta, Ga., about 5:30 p.m., Warren confirmed, adding he was later transported to Shands Healthcare, Gainesville, Fla., where Adam was pronounced dead Thursday, June 3.

Warren said both teenagers were wearing seatbelts and “were inside in the vehicle, they weren’t ejected.

“There’s no indication that drugs or alcohol played any roll,” the GSP official added. “Troopers are continuing to investigate the crash.”

The teenagers reportedly were headed to Florida and had traveled at least much of the way along Interstate-75.

BHS principal Dr. John Bartlett said, “Our students are grieving. It’s a tragedy for those families, of course, but also for our school and for our community at large. It’s a shock.”


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