Classmates honor Hibriten High School student who died in tragic accident


CHARLOTTE, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) — Students came together on Tuesday to create a banner honoring their 15-year-old classmate who died on his way to school. 

“It’s just heartbreaking. it’s heartbreaking for all of us to see this young life snuffed out so early,” said Libby Brown, who works for the Caldwell County School system.

Wesley Oliver’s father was taking him to Hibriten when they collided with a logging truck at the intersection of Wilkesboro boulevard and Taylorsville road in Lenoir.

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Police say based on their preliminary findings, the teen was killed when a logging trucks turning right onto Taylorsville Rd. when Oliver’s father hit a log extending from the back of the truck. The log, which was properly flagged, penetrated the passenger side of the vehicle.

All of this happened less than a mile away from Hibriten High School.

“It has been very very difficult for the entire school, the faculty, the staff, the students, a lot of tears at Hibriten High School today. They’ve been helping each other to deal with this tragedy and we’re doing what we can now to honor Wesley and his memory at Hibriten High School,” said Brown.

Oliver was a sophomore at the high school. 

“Loved his enthusiasm for learning. he was taking a range of classes from honors biology – so a smart kid – and he was delving into other topics that aren’t always the traditional route for students to take. He was one of two boys in his parenting class and masonry,” Brown said. 

The Caldwell County School District says students will celebrate Wesley’s life this Friday.

“They said we want to do something for him to honor him to remember him. They’re doing a blue out on Friday at the semi-final two-way championship football game at Hibriten High School. They’ll have a moment of silence. They want to get the decal ‘W.O.’ for Wesley Oliver to wear on the helmets. Once we talk to the family, we anticipate doing some kind of love offering for the family.”

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