CENTER POINT, Ala. (WIAT) — School officials say the victim of a deadly weekend accident was a senior at Center Point High School.
Center Point’s principal Van Philips says Jeremiah Lemar Glass, 18, died Sunday after being hit by a car. It happened on 1st Street Northwest in Center Point.
Deputies say Glass was walking home from the store along the road before he was struck just a block from his home. Police have the driver of the vehicle in custody. They say the vehicle was going over the speed limit, and manslaughter charges are expected. Police also tell us the driver lives on the same street as Jeremiah.
Principal Philips says Glass only needed one credit to graduate after this semester. The community is in mourning for what Phillips says was a funny young man with a bright future cut short.
“We have a young man in our school who at the end of this semester was only one credit short of receiving his high school diploma, he was taking his three major classes this year he only had to take a science class next semester to become a high school graduate, he planned on going to college and it was just a somber day in our school today, with Jeremiah not in the building making somebody laugh.”
His family and many others are missing him dearly tonight. His girlfriend also attends Center Point High School. She says the day he died, he told her he would call her back after he got back from the store.
“I miss him. He said he would be back…he never came back,” Jeremiah’s girlfriend Johnnae Showers said tearfully. “Yeah he was funny, he always walked me to class. He always talked to me about my grades, telling that I’ve got to do good in what I’m doing. He would make me go to class–like if I didn’t want to go, he would make me go.”
Everyone remembers Glass as an outstanding student and an even better person. Grief counselors are available for Center Point students to speak with. Wednesday, the school will gather at 7:45 at the flag police to pray for Jeremiah and his family.