AMERICAN FORK, Utah (ABC4 News) – Several hundred classmates, friends and loved ones of a teen who died Friday from injuries sustained in a car crash, came together Saturday night at American Fork High School to show their love and support for his family, and each other.
17-year-old Keaton Smith, a senior linebacker for American Fork High School’s football team, passed away after spending six days on life support following a crash last Saturday in Pleasant Grove.
“The outpouring of love that the community has had, and the moments these kids have had just showing their love toward our family, but also to each other,” Kirk Smith, Keaton’s father said. “Just reaching out, helping each other out. The hugging, all of the messages that have been going back and forth and just the love for Keaton.”
The news of Keaton’s death spread fast after a post on the Prayers for Keaton Facebook page Friday afternoon notified all who had been following Keaton’s journey that he had passed away.
“It is with very heavy hearts that we post today. Our beautiful baby boy passed from us peacefully after a huge fight. We are so grateful for all of the support we have had. This is a huge loss for everyone who knows him.”
American Fork Caveman Football also issued a statement after hearing the news:
“We lost a fellow Caveman today. You will never find a better friend, brother, son, or teammate than Keaton Smith. He was the definition of everything that our program stands for. His positive attitude was contagious and he was loved by all. Keaton, we love you and you will be missed.”
Keaton was riding in a Jeep with friends on November 18 when another car turned in front them near 530 West 1100 North. Keaton, who police believe was not wearing a seat belt, was ejected.
Keaton was transported to a local hospital where he had remained on life support until his passing.
Pleasant Grove Police Sgt. Domonic Adamson said no one else required transportation to the hospital but some suffered some minor injuries.
Pleasant Grove Police wants to remind anyone in a vehicle to please remember to buckle up and drive safely.