Thomasville High School student killed in wreck

Published: May. 18, 2017 at 11:33 AM EDT|Updated: May. 19, 2017 at 7:35 AM EDT
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THOMAS CO., GA (WALB) - Students at Thomasville High School are mourning the loss of one of their own.

This just hour before the graduation ceremony scheduled for Friday morning.

19 Year Old Travis Island was killed in a crash early Thursday morning.

Troopers said they have seen an alarming increase in fatalities this months

A young life lost in a tragic car crash is something GSP troopers said they are seeing far too often.

Six fatalities have been worked by Post 12 out of Thomasville so far in May, with 14 total this year.

"It's usually worse than the on scene investigation when you have to sit down with a family and go through the details," said said Tommy Peeples, GSP Post 12 Commander.

Officials said these fatal wrecks are on the rise. Post 12 reports last year in May there were 10.

The most alarming part to troopers is that it's teenagers dying in these accidents, news they said is never easy to deliver.

"Having to knock on that door or make that phone call or let that family member know their loved one is not coming home is by far the worst thing we have to do," said Peeples.

Students at Thomasville High School will have to attend graduation tomorrow with one less bulldog alumni.

Thomasville city schools superintendent Sabrina Everett released a statement saying "The Thomasville City Schools family is truly devastated by the loss of one of our students.... our prayers and condolences go out to his family at this very difficult time."

"Tragically his life came to an end, early early this morning. Unfortunately this year we have seen more traffic crashes than normal involving young people," said Peeples.

Sergeant Peeples says most of the fatal wrecks this month have been single vehicle accidents where the driver was distracted by their phone, a conversation with a passenger, or in this most recent case falling asleep at the wheel.

"What's alarming right now is we are seeing this crashes early. We are real concerned about what the rest of the year is going to look like," said Peeples.

Island had a female passenger in the car with him.

Troopers said she suffered minor injuries.

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