Heritage School Student Killed In Car Wreck

by JOHN A. WINTERS

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Heritage School student Tyler Henson, 17, was killed in single-car wreck Saturday morning.

A 17-year-old student at The Heritage School was killed in a single-vehicle accident Saturday morning.

Tyler Henson, a multi-sport athlete and junior at the private school, died at the scene after losing control of his vehicle, according to authorities. No one else was in the vehicle.

Henson, in a Chevrolet Tahoe, was eastbound on Brimer Road just after 9 a.m. when he left the right side of the roadway, said Georgia State Patrol Senior Trooper Kelvin Searcy. The Tahoe traveled about 200 feet before striking a culvert. The impact vaulted the car into the air and it traveled about 70 feet before striking several trees and landing upside down on its roof, Searcy said.

The cause of death was listed as blunt force trauma, according to Richard Hawk, Coweta County coroner. Henson’s body was taken to McKoon’s Funeral Home and Crematory.

Authorities said he was on the way to pick up his girlfriend, a student at Northgate High School. Hours later, the Northgate Lady Vikings soccer team won the state championship.

Henson was a star athlete at The Heritage School. He was one of four players named to the GISA Class AAA All-State team in 2012, where he played as a defensive end and tight end. He was one of the big men on the Hawks basketball team and a power hitter for the school’s baseball team. He also competed in shot put and discus for the school’s track team.

His father, Dean, works with the Coweta County tax assessor’s office and his uncle, Bart, is with the Newnan Fire Department.

Saturday’s accident marked the fifth vehicular fatality in Coweta County this year.

In another traffic accident Saturday morning, a 17-year-old lost control of his pickup truck on Happy Valley Circle and slammed sideways into a utility pole, according to authorities.

Dylan Young of Newnan was southbound on Happy Valley when he lost control and went off on the right side of the roadway, said GSP Trooper First Class Brandon Kight.

Young’s pickup slid sideways for a couple of hundred feet before striking the utility pole right at the driver’s side door. Young was able to talk with rescuers with the Coweta County Fire Department as they worked to free him from his vehicle, but his condition was not immediately available.

Kight said Young was taken to Grady Hospital by ground ambulance. Young was charged with driving too fast for conditions and failing to maintain lane.


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