Teen killed in crash was texting

TALLMADGE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- Deputies say a teenager who died in an accident late Wednesday was sending and receiving text messages when the crash occurred.

It happened around 10:45 p.m. on Eighth Avenue north of Lincoln Street, near Marne.

Jacob Daniel Freybler, 17, from Grand Rapids was southbound in a 1996 Oldsmobile on 8th Avenue when he crossed the center line of the road and hit a SUV head-on.

The SUV driver suffered broken bones and other injuries. His passenger was not injured.

Deputies say evidence shows Freybler was sending and receiving text messages on his phone while driving. Everyone was wearing seat belts and speed and alcohol were not factors in the crash.

Freybler just finished his junior year at Kenowa Hills High School. His high school principal describes him as the funny guy who made everyone laugh.

She told WZZM 13 that his death is a painful reminder to everyone to be more careful on the road.

"It's not so subtle a reminder that we all need to be more careful, I wish we didn't need these reminders, but I'm certainly going to pay a little closer attention to my own driving from this point," says Katie Pennington, principal of Kenowa Hills High School.

A vigil is being held at 8 p.m. on Thursday at the Wendys on Alpine, where Freybler had worked.


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