DEKALB COUNTY, IN (WFFT) -- The Dekalb County community is remembering the life of Mitchell Stockwell.
14-year-old Stockwell died in a car crash Saturday night.
The Dekalb County Sheriff’s Department says a 2002 Subaru Legacy was traveling north on County Road 59 when the car began to run off the road.
The driver, a 16-year-old from Leo, then overcorrected causing the car to run off the left side of the road and into a sign that caused the car to flip multiple times.
The backseat passenger, a 15-year-old from Auburn, was taken to the hospital with scratches on the head and the driver with a collapsed lung and shoulder injury.
Stockwell was pronounced dead at the scene.
“We were looking at stories, and some friends said one of their friends had passed away,” said Chance Sisk, a friend of the Stockwell family. “We didn't know who.”
Sisk and another friend of the Stockwell family, River Spencer, were nearing the end of their work shift when they first got word of the crash.
“Gone early, and it's really sad especially when it is somebody close like that,” Spencer said. “I grew up with Mitch."
Dekalb Central Schools asked students to wear blue to school on March 9 to remember Stockwell and community members who knew him have gone out into the community to honor him.
“Balloons were let off by a really close friend of his,” Sisk said. “Right now down at the reck site there is a balloon tied to a marker left for anyone to go who knew Mitch well to sign it. There are also roses left there too.”
Students at Dekalb High School can also pay their respects to Stockwell throughout the rest of the week.
“His locker is open all week for students to come and leave messages like notes to the family to show love for Mitch,” Sisk said. “He was a really good kid.”