Hanceville High School student to hold candlelight vigil for local teens injured in car crash

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HANCEVILLE, Ala. – “This is not the way we would like to end our summer or start the school year,” Hanceville High School Junior Logan Quick said. Early Thursday morning, four Hanceville teens were injured, two critically, when the car they were in struck a tree. Upon hearing the news, Quick began planning a candlelight vigil for those injured in the wreck. 

The candlelight vigil will be held Saturday, August 7 at 8 p.m. around the pond at Hanceville’s Veterans Park. Attendees are asked to bring their own candles and extras if possible. Quick hopes to have local pastors come to speak and also plans to address the crowd. 

Quick believes there are lessons to be learned in this tragic situation. He said, “Something hit me, everybody in Hanceville gets along. I have friends who are coming into high school and they say, ‘I am so scared.’ I tell them, they have nothing to worry about because Hanceville High School, it’s the best. There’s no drama and we all just get along. Lately, with everything in the world going on, nobody ever really comes together for anything.” 

He continued, “Something was telling me that I needed to do this. I want to make a difference in Cullman County but I didn’t think it would be under these circumstances, but I am glad I got a chance to do it and help out.” 

Quick reached out to Allison Fossett for help organizing the prayer vigil. He hopes to deliver the message his football coach gives to the Hanceville players after each practice. He said, “One wrong decision can affect your life, no matter what that decision is, it can affect your life or somebody else’s life forever. The decisions you make don’t just affect you. They affect your friends, your family and the people who love you most.” 

One of the teens from the accident remains in critical condition and on a ventilator in a Birmingham trauma center after being taken from the scene in Garden City by MedFlight. The other three teens were also transported to Birmingham by ambulance, one with critical injuries and two with minor injuries according to Hanceville Fire Chief Roger Green. ALEA is investigating the crash. 

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