Lake Shore student, 18, killed in accident


TOWN OF EVANS, NY (WIVB) –  A one-car crash claimed a teenager’s life Saturday afternoon.

Evans Police say a four-door sedan went off Sturgeon Point Road at approximately 12:30 p.m. and struck a tree killing the 18 year-old driver, Richard Heferle.  Heferle was the only person in the vehicle.

Now his friends and family are left to mourn the loss of the young man who had a bright future ahead of him. “It is too soon. 18 years old. Still in high school graduating in a couple months,” said Heferle’s friend Cody Smith.

“I just can’t believe it. When I heard it I was like there’s no way. There’s no way, you have to be kidding me right now. I literally just saw him an hour ago,” said Smith who had just seen Ricky, as friends called Heferle, at a coffee shop.  Sunday, he visited the spot where Heferle was killed.  A memorial was formed at the site as people stopped to grieve. “Ricky was a great kid. As you can see he was loved by many. He had a lot of good friends. Very loved in school. This just really sucks,” said Smith.

Smith said Heferle loved cars and electronics. “He was a smart kid with electronics he really was. He was the smartest kid about that, but he had to go to college to do that  he could fix any electronic you asked him to do. He would do it for you,” said Smith.

Heferle’s friends and family are left with only memories, instead of a future with young man who was just about to finish high school. “It still hasn’t hit me yet that he’s gone. I still think he’s here with us,” said Smith.

Heferle went to Lake Shore Senior High School. The school was open Sunday to provide grief counseling to students.

James Przepasniak, Superintendent of Lake Shore Central Schools, and Julie Ann Hoerner, High School Principal released this message:

“Our deepest sympathies, thoughts and prayers go out to family members and our school community who have experienced a death of a High School student in vehicular accident on February 15th. The High School Response Plan has been implemented and our High School will be open to students and staff seeking grief counseling on Sunday, February 16th from 1 to 4 p.m. We are truly saddened by this sudden and tragic loss and will be posting additional information about the availability grief counseling on this website due to the February break.”

The school says they will posting additional information about grief counseling on their website since students are off for February break this week.

Police are still investigating the cause of the crash. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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