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An Oliver Springs High School football player died Monday morning from injuries sustained in a Sunday fall out of the back of a pickup truck.
Police say the accident involving 17-year-old Aaron Brady Walls happened at 9:38 p.m. Sunday on the southbound side of Coal Hill Road in front of Coalfield High School in Morgan County.
Walls was flown to University of Tennessee Medical Center by Lifestar.
Investigating Trooper Matt Chitwood received confirmation Walls died at 10:24 a.m. Monday.
Students and staff at Oliver Springs High School were overwhelmed at the loss of the charismatic youth.
“They have a lot of grief counselors down here right now. A lot of kids are really hurt over it,” said Steve Sanders, Oliver Springs High School resource officer.
Sanders gets to know most of the students at the school very well, but he gets to know athletes even more because of his attendance at games as resource officer.
“He was one of the football players, a real nice kid. Every time you saw him he was smiling, happy,” Sanders said.
Wall’s Facebook page was filled Monday morning — first with well wishes and prayers, and later condolences and remembrances.
A Tuesday evening candlelight vigil was planned at the Oliver Springs High School football field. A picture on the city of Oliver Springs Facebook page shows Brady, with a message of “rivals unite” with pictures of him in both a Coalfield and Oliver Springs jersey. The youth attended rival Coalfield High School before going to Oliver Springs.
Walls recently posted exciting news: his grades were good enough to allow him to play football.
It appears Walls and his friends were out for an innocent night of fun when the tragedy occurred.
Tennessee Highway Patrol preliminary reports said the truck Walls was traveling in was occupied by four juveniles, a boy and girl in the front and two boys in the bed of the truck. The two boys were sitting on a dog box inside the bed of the vehicle.
There was no indication of alcohol or drugs or reckless driving, and no charges are expected at this time.