LYNN HAVEN, Fla. (WMBB) – Avery Sanders, 17, was in his final year of Mosley High School and a member of the school’s football team.
He was driving home from work on his motorbike when he was struck at the intersection of Baldwin Road and Highway 77 at around 8 p.m. Sunday.
“It appears the motorcycle was traveling on the west side of Baldwin east of the intersection,” Lynn Haven Police Chief Ricky Ramie said. “It appears the driver of the other vehicle was heading north in the passing lane, and they collided right in the middle of the intersection.”
Witnesses said Sanders turned on the red light.
The roads were wet and Ramie said riding the motorcycle made Sanders more vulnerable.
“It’s devastating for our community,” Ramie said. “It’s going to be devastating for Mosley High School, their football team, their senior class. Once again, my heart goes out to both families of the teenager, as well as the driver of the other vehicle, and I ask the community to keep both families in their prayers.
School district officials released a statement that Sanders had “forged strong bonds with his teachers, classmates and fellow athletes.”
Schools in the Bay District said bereavement counselors are on hand to help students and staff during this difficult time, and will remain available for as long as needed.
The Mosley football team released a statement that Avery was “adored by his teammates, classmates and coaches, and although his physical body is no longer with us, his enthusiasm, spirit and character will live with it. U.S. forever”.
The Mosley Touchdown Club hosted a GoFundMe for the Avery Sanders family, which you can find here.