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Friends and family remember Perry Co. teen killed in accident

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PERRY CO., IN (WFIE) -

Family and friends are remembering a Perry County teenager killed in a traffic accident last Friday. 

On Saturday, authorities say 17-year-old Steven Thomasson, of Cannelton, crashed his pickup into a tree while on his way to school.

Steven was found dead near the intersection of Deer Creek Road and Thistle, after he had gone missing on his way to the first day of school.

On Monday, faculty and students at Perry Central High School are honoring Steven's memory.

"It's really shocked everybody. I don't think it's quite set it with everyone," Steven's friend, Ethan Emmons, said. 

Steven was about to start his senior year at Perry Central. Ethan, his long-time friend, says losing him has been difficult for the entire senior class.

"You know how everybody has their friend groups? He was right there in my friend group, just ever since 4th, 5th grade all the way up. Always funny, he would sacrifice his own happiness to make someone else happy. That's the kind of person he was. He was very unselfish," Steven said.

State police say Steve ran off the road, ramped a downed-tree, and crashed into the woods on his way to school on Friday. Steven wasn't found until early Saturday morning.

"He'll be remembered for his spunky personality and smile and his great sense of humor," said Mary Roberson, the school's superintendent.

Roberson says all the school's counselors are currently on-hand to support the students, and with parental permission, the school intends to release students for Tuesday's funeral.

"And if needed, we'll even take school transportation, because we would rather facilitate that so that they're not all on the road themselves," Roberson said.

In honor of Steven, the senior class chose Ethan to create something special for Steven's family.

"We decided to carve a chainsaw carving of a wooden cross," Ethan said.

A cross. A symbol students here will always associate with Steven.

"We're going to put the dates on there. He's always been drawing crosses on notebooks and everything. So, we're going to try to get a hold of one of those and do something like he would always draw," Ethan told 14 News.

State police still aren't exactly sure what caused the accident, simply saying that Steve just ran off the road. The funeral will take place Tuesday morning, and many students 14 News spoke with say they will be in attendance. 

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