Akron school district mourning death of senior killed in car accident

AKRON, N.Y. (WIVB)-  Family and friends are mourning the loss of a teenager killed in a car crash early Saturday morning.

Seventeen year-old Johnny Fiebelkorn was on his way home from a Luke Bryan concert at Darien Lake Friday night. He was traveling with his older brother, a cousin and a few friends. Loved ones told News 4 the car hit the railroad tracks on Peters Connors Road and the driver lost control.

The Erie County Sheriff’s Office says when they arrived at the scene the car was in a ditch and Fiebelkorn was pinned under the car. He died as a result of his injuries. The others in the car survived.

A memorial has been set up at the scene of the crash.

Fiebelkorn would have been a senior this year at Akron High School. He is captain of the football and wrestling teams.

Friends say the teen was a leader at a young age and a star athlete.

“He’s our most accomplished wrestler in our school history with over 150 wins, going into his senior year he’s gone to the state tournament three times in his career. He was always full of life, always smiling and joking, he had a great sense of humor,” said Dan Klonowski, coach of the boys wrestling team.

The first day of the school year is next week and Fiebelkorn’s friends say it won’t be the same without him.

“Just not seeing his face smiling all the time, walking to classes and having teachers yell at us, that definitely will be missed,” said Dominic Lettieri, Fiebelkorn’s friend.

“He’ll be missed and it will be a tough season, tough year and even after it, it will be forever, we’ll miss him,” said Klonowski.

The community gathered at the Newstead Fire Company Sunday night to raise money for funeral costs. Instead of sending flowers, the family asks people to make a donation to the wrestling team.

The Akron school district will have counselors available for students on Monday.

The district released the following statement on their website,

“Akron High School lost a beloved student, senior Johnny Fiebelkorn, last night, August 25, 2017, in a tragic car accident. First and foremost, we extend our prayers and thoughts to his family, friends, team mates, and our student body, teachers and staff. At this time, we have no details for services.

On Monday, we will have several counselors available throughout the day for students and parents. Please feel free to simply come to the High School cafe. Available in the cafe as well as on our website, is a guide for parents and students on dealing with the grief associated with such a loss. Of course, we are available beyond Monday to support the needs of all our students and parents.

Thank you for your prayers and support. We cannot erase the pain, but together we can help our young men and women navigate this very difficult journey.

Contact information for support staff at Akron Schools is available HERE as well as links to other helpful sites.”

The Akron Tigers wresting coach opened his home to Johnny’s teammates, friends and their families over the weekend to gather and celebrate his life.

The following was posted to the Akron Tigers Facebook page

“It is with a heavy heart that we have lost a member of our family last night. Johnny Fiebelkorn has passed away and we are still in disbelief and devastated at this sudden and tragic loss. We will keep everyone posted as to the family’s needs and wishes and will update everyone with service times and dates as they come. Please keep the Fiebelkorn family in your thoughts and prayers as they grieve their loss.”

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