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Mingo teen killed in car crash

A Mingo County teen was killed and another was injured in a single vehicle crash near Gilbert.

Tyler Hatfield and Cody Carter, both 17 of Gilbert, were heading to Mingo Central Comprehensive High School Tuesday morning when the crash occurred, said Deborah Harris, principal at Mingo Central.

Hatfield was behind the wheel and was heading south on U.S. 52 on Horsepen Mountain near Gilbert between 6:30 and 7 a.m. Tuesday when he lost control of the vehicle, said Chief Deputy James Smith of the Mingo Sheriff's Office. The vehicle rolled a couple of times before coming to rest near the road.

Hatfield was pronounced dead at the scene. Carter, his passenger, was injured in the crash. He was taken Cabell Huntington Hospital where he remained Monday afternoon.

Harris said the mood was somber at the high school Tuesday. The high school is in its first year of operation. 

"Its hard to see a young person in the prime of their life die in such a tragic way," Harris said. "The kids have been just devastated."

Several students left school early, she said. Grief counselors and a local minister were at the school Tuesday to speak with students.

Hatfield, a junior, played football for the Mingo Central Miners and was a "well thought of" student, Harris said.

"All the kids knew Tyler," Harris said. "He was just a good kid."

Harris said she often saw Hatfield in the mornings as she was often outside when the students arrived at the beginning of school. She said he always spoke to her.

The principal said she heard Carter, a senior, was expected to recover.

A candlelight vigil was planned for Hatfield Tuesday night at the old Gilbert High School (now Gilbert Middle School) football field. Funeral arrangements were unknown Tuesday.


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