Danville teen struck by car, killed walking to football practice

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DANVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - Tragedy struck a Morgan County school this week, and a family is devastated. A 15-year-old boy, walking to school Tuesday morning, was killed when a vehicle struck him.

15-year-old Austin Cook was walking south on County Road 41, Danville Road, to Danville High School. He was to have been an incoming freshman at Danville High and had gone out for football.  Austin was taking part in the school's voluntary weight training class for the football players. So Tuesday morning, long before the sun was up, he was up and walking to school.

The graphic reminders are painted onto the side of the roadway. This is as far as Austin got. We're told he loved football and couldn't wait to become a member of the Danville High School football team.

"I had numerous conversations with him, several times, and I would be talking with him and his conversations always ended up around football. No matter what kind of conversation we had, it always ended with football and how much he loved football," according to Danville Middle School Principal Kelly Tanner.

Ms. Tanner said Austin had just finished eighth grade and would have moved over to the high school this fall. The weight training he was taking part in was voluntary, in preparation to be on the team, to play the game he loved.

"My heart goes out to his family and we will continue to keep them in our thoughts and prayers," Tanner said.

Alabama State Troopers are still investigating all of this. The accident happened two miles north of Danville High, and several hundred yards north of Danville-Neel Elementary School. It was still dark. Austin was walking south along the roadway, and the car that hit him was also traveling south. The driver, who was identified by troopers as a 39-year-old Danville man, was not physically injured.

Members of the school's football team were scheduled to gather at the school Tuesday evening to discuss what had happened and share their thoughts and memories.


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