High school student dies after crashing into a tree during storm

High school student dies after crashing into a tree during storm
Family members say Shamar Hoyer, a Germantown High School student, died in a crash Monday morning during severe weather. (Source: Hoyer family)

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - Monday’s storms left a path of destruction across the city of Memphis and other areas in the Mid-South. Among the destruction, a Shelby County high school student was involved in a crash that ultimately led to his death.

Memphis police responded to the crash near Walnut Grove Road and Walnut Trace Drive around 7:45 a.m. Monday. Investigators say the car was driving westbound when it hit a curb and struck a tree. The driver went to the hospital in critical condition but later died.

According to Shelby County Schools, the student attended Germantown High School. The district released a statement Friday, saying grief counselors are helping students and staff.

“Our Family and Community Engagement team is working with the family and school to help coordinate and support their personal fundraising efforts, which is not uncommon when tragic situations like this involve our students or staff,” reads the statement, in part.

SCS declined to name the student, but family members have identified him as Shamar Hoyer. A GoFundMe page created Wednesday says he leaves behind a mother and two brothers, including a twin.

According to Hoyer’s family, his funeral is Friday, Nov. 1 at Hope Presbyterian Church.

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