RUTHERFORD COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) – Family members have identified the second Blackman High School student killed Saturday morning in a crash along a rural road in Rutherford County.
Meg Vendetti Ross told News 2 that her 16-year-old son Ethan Economy died in the wreck along Dilton Mankin Road.
A GoFundMe page set up to help the teenager’s family with funeral expenses has already surpassed its $10,000 goal.
Ross said she wanted to thank the community for the “support and prayers” for her family.
“It’s just been amazing to realize the impact that Ethan really had on so many people in his life,” said Rebecca Lashbrook, a longtime friend of Ethan’s mother.
Lashbrook described Ethan as having “a smile that absolutely lights up a room.” She said he was a churchgoing teenager who held down a job but also loved to hang out with his friends.
“These are the things that you never think you’re actually going to go through,” Lashbrook said. “The community has been there to help this family so that as much grief as they’re going through, this will help them so much.”
At a candlelight vigil held Sunday night at the school, Theodore Adams said his 16-year-old son Johntae Adams was also killed in the crash, which involved five teenagers in one car.
Faye Scott told News 2 that her teenage son Trae Swader was one of three students injured in the crash.
According to Scott, Trae suffered broken bones, a broken back, and damage to his organs. He remains in ICU at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, as of Monday morning.
Trae is an upcoming senior at Blackman High School and a Varsity football player.
Tennessee Highway Patrol is investigating the circumstances surrounding the wreck, but as of Monday morning, a preliminary crash report has not been released.