MORGAN COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – A Brewer High School student involved in a Morgan County wreck has died. Seventeen-year-old Augustea Bolden’s vehicle crashed on Eva Road Monday morning. Bolden was taken to Huntsville Hospital where she died Thursday.
But what many may not know is that in a twist of fate, it was the senior class president who discovered that Bolden had crashed. Ember Dutton was running late that morning. Her sister had forgotten a pumpkin she was supposed to bring and Dutton went back to get it.
Dutton says she was coming down the mountain and there was a car on the side of the road. She thought it was an accident from the night before and almost kept going. But another driver waved for her stop.
She says she walked over to the car and tried unsuccessfully to open the doors, realizing they were locked. At that moment she also realized it was her friend, Bolden, and that she was not okay.
Dutton says, “I want to be a doctor so I know a lot about the medical field. And I knew exactly what was happening to her body. I knew that her brain was hemorrhaging. And I knew that she wasn’t breathing.”
Dutton called 911 and waited. With the car locked, there was no way to reach Bolden.
“I laid my hands on the car and my forehead on the car and watched her breathing, and every breath that she skipped, I just yelled her name until she took another one,” said Dutton. “And I prayed harder than I’ve ever prayed in my entire life.”
The class president says she felt helpless — that she wanted to hold her hand, but couldn’t get in the car. So she just talked to her through a small opening, telling her “I need you to wake up. I need you to be OK.”
Today Augustea Bolden is being remembered for her vivacious personality.
“She was loud and happy and independent and sassy and crazy and we all adored her,” said Dutton.
She’s also being remembered as an honor student who took great pride in her work. She was one of only 14 students selected in north Alabama for a Boeing internship.
“That was her dream. That was her goal,” said Jeremy Childers, Brewer’s principal. “And she got to live a little bit of her dream this summer as she got to do that internship and work every day at Boeing.
“I know that she is in a better place. And I’m just so thankful to be the person that got to walk her from one life to another,” said Dutton.