State of Hockey puts sticks out for teens involved in fatal Woodbury crash

The car hit and tree and split in half, killing one boy and injuring four others.
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Garrett Bumgarner, who was killed in a crash that injured four of his friends.

Garrett Bumgarner, who was killed in a crash that injured four of his friends.

A community is showing its support for the five teenagers who were involved in a fatal crash in Woodbury on Saturday night. 

The car they were in hit a tree and split in half just after 11 p.m. on Settlers Ridge Parkway near Sundance Lane. One of the boys was ejected from the vehicle and died at the scene, while the other four had to be extricated from the car.

The crash killed Garrett Bumgarner, 17, and injured four other 17-year-old boys, who are said to be in serious but stable condition. At least some of the boys go to East Ridge High School, where support services have been made available for students. 

While flowers mark the crash scene, people in the community are placing hockey sticks outside their front doors in memory of Bumgarner and in support of the other boys, sharing photos on social media using the hashtags #OneEastRidge, #SticksOutWoodbury.

Meanwhile, a handful of fundraisers have been created to help the families of the boys involved in the crash. 

A GoFundMe set up for Bumgarner's family describes the teenager as someone who was selfless, compassionate and loyal.

"He was full of joy and always finding ways to make others laugh around him. He was an incredible teammate and his infectious personality is what kept the boys and parents all together as a team," the page says.

The money raised will go to Bumgarner's family. The page was created Monday night and as of Tuesday morning it had raised more than $13,000. 

Jack Mears

Jack Mears

Another Go Fund Me created for Jack Mears, one of the boys injured in the crash, says he had to have surgery on his pelvis and clavicle, noting the "road to recovery will be tough, but as you all know, Jack is a fighter."

A Caring Bridge page created by Mears' sister says he was sitting in the "backseat on the passenger side, which seemed to have the most significant impact."

The money raised via the GoFundMe will help pay for his in-home care, physical therapy and medical bills. The page was created on Monday, and as of Tuesday morning it had raised more than $52,000. 

An apparent classmate of some of the boys also set up a GoFundMe, with all the money donated being split among the families of the five boys. It was created Monday, and as of Tuesday morning it had raised more than $10,000. 

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