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Rossview High School Mourns Two Teens Killed In Crash

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by Kim Gebbia

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – A Montgomery County community has been mourning after the sudden death of two teens who died in a fiery crash Sunday evening just a few miles from where they went to school.

Four teens were traveling in a Toyota Corolla along Rossview Road in Clarksville when the driver lost control and hit a tree stump on the side of the road. Officials with the Tennessee Highway Patrol said the vehicle burst into flames.

Jack Amos, age 18, and Amy Stringer, age 17, both died in the crash. Amos was driving and Stringer was sitting in the front seat. Officials said neither was wearing their seatbelts.

There were two other teens in the backseat of the car, Matt Williams and Tyler Farrow. Officials said they were both wearing their seatbelts and survived the crash. Both were transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center where officials said they were recovering from their injuries.

The teens had all gone to school together at nearby Rossview High School.

Jack Amos was a recent graduate, and was supposed to start college Monday at Austin Peay State University. Amy Stringer was a cheerleader in the first few weeks of her senior year.

News that they were both killed was difficult for friends who gathered on the side of Rossview Road where a makeshift memorial was put up on the tree stump.

 

"We came out here to remember, you know. To be close to it and see it face to face," said friend Shawn Humphrey.

"I wanted to see exactly what happened and where my friend wrecked at," said Zach Lester.

Friends sifted through the charred soil trying to make sense of the sudden, unexpected deaths. Many heard the news Monday morning.

"I just can't imagine this happening. It's just not something you want to wake up to," said Lester.

"It crushes you and makes your stomach turn just thinking it is hard to swallow," said Humphrey.

Troopers said the crash was caused by a deadly combination of speed on a hill with a sharp curve, and no seatbelts.

"I have always thought that teenagers think they are invincible – that they have a shield around them that will protect them, and that is not the case," said Rossview principal Frank Myers.

Myers said many students at the school were grieving the deaths. He said hopes that students remember Amy and Jack every time they get behind the wheel.

"If they could learn to be cautious, be careful and think before they do things, they could save a life in the future," said Myers.

Students at Rossview hoped to hold a candlelight memorial for Amy Stringer and Jack Amos sometime this week.

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