An early morning car crash claims the life of a Calhoun County teenager.
Ryan Flowers, 17, was killed on his way to Blountstown High School Tuesday morning when his vehicle collided with another on State Road 71. Florida Highway Patrol says Flowers was turning onto SR 71 towards Blountstown from Country Road 392 when he collided with a vehicle traveling south on SR 71.
It's the second time tragedy strikes the small Panhandle county.
Flowers' death comes less than three months after the murder of former BHS student Chaz Fain.
Tuesday, BHS brought volunteers to assist with grief counseling and some staff from area schools for a support system.
Flowers was a young man heavily involved in both his school and in his community of Kinard. He served as a volunteer firefighter with the Kinard Volunteer Fire Department where Chief Doyle Daniels tells me he was an outstanding man and a role model for all.
Flowers was a member of the National Honor Society and was suppose to serve as the President for the Vocational Industrial Club of America next year.
The club's sponsor, Sidney Granger, has also been Flowers' Cabinetry and Carpentry teacher since Flowers was a freshman. Granger says he was an A student and set to be a Chief Builder in the class next year.
His class went on Tuesday, but Granger says it was no way the same.
"Everybody's been down, crying, and he's gonna be really missed," said Granger. "Ryan was a quiet type person, very smart person, he was always polite." He says he did anything you asked him to do and he did it the best of his ability.
Calhoun County Schools Superintendent, Ralph Yoder, knew Flowers personally and calls him a genuine and caring young man with a bright future.
"Ryan was a young man that was a very confident, quiet leader," said Yoder. "Personally, he's the type of young man I would want as my son or son-in-law."
Florida Highway Patrol says the car crash is still under investigation.