ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — East River High School is mourning the loss of its starting football quarterback.
Eighteen-year-old Nick Miner was killed when the driver of a Honda crashed into his truck as he was trying to tow a friend out of a ditch.
There is a growing memorial for the young man at the site of the crash on Dallas Boulevard in Orange County.
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On Monday, those who knew and loved Miner stopped by the memorial to pay their respects.
“I love him a lot. I played two seasons with him,” said teammate Marquise Wilson.
Teammates told Channel 9 that Miner was a natural leader both on and off the field and said that is how they will remember the young man who wore number 8.
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“It’s a brotherhood and Nick was like the leader of the brotherhood,” said teammate Cole Strawder.
“He went out doing what he was always doing. Helping people out and being a leader.”
Teammates said the three-year starting quarterback always knew how to inspire the team and put those he loved first.
We will have grief counselors available on campus first thing in the morning for any student or staff member who needs to speak with someone about this loss.— East River HS (@EastRiverHS) October 23, 2022
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“I mean I definitely looked up to him,” said teammate Walki Ambroise. “He was an amazing great guy. Iwish other people got the chance to see that.
Around 1 a.m. on Sunday, the Florida Highway Patrol said Miner was helping to tow a friend out of a roadside ditch on Dallas Boulevard just south of Oberly Drive when a woman driving a Honda sedan crashed into him.
FHP said they recovered a broken rope on the scene and preliminary evidence shows that rope broke and sent his vehicle into the roadway shortly before the crash.
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Teammates said that the impact Miner had on them isn’t going away.
“We lost our leader physically, but emotionally and mentally he will always be there with us,” said Strawder.
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