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Community Mourns Teen Killed in Car Crash

The 18-year-old was driving to church when his car hydroplaned, spun out of control, struck a tree head-on. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Brandon was a 2013 graduate of Barr Reeve High School, where he was the valedictorian and played basketball and baseball.
The Daviess County community is mourning the loss of one of their own.
   
Brandon Wagler,18, was killed in car accident Sunday morning.
   
He graduated from Barr Reeve High School in May, where he excelled both academically and athletically, and those who knew him are still shocked by Sunday's news.

"It's just a sad day, it's a sad day for all of us," said Bryan Hughes, varsity basketball coach at Barr Reeve. 

It was a day of mourning in Montgomery, Indiana, after a weekend car crash claimed the life of Brandon Wagler.

"There has been a lot of tears shed. It's a small community, and he was a very good individual," said Barr Reeve principal Jeff Doyle.  "There truly wasn't  a bad part to Brandon Wagler. He was a phenomenal person ,and I can't say that enough."

The 18-year-old was driving to church when his car hydroplaned, spun out of control, struck a tree head-on. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
   
Brandon was a 2013 graduate of Barr Reeve High School, where he was the valedictorian and played basketball and baseball.

"He was so unselfish that it wasn't about him, it was about being a part of the team... and when his turn came as a senior he took advantage of itm and he had a great year," said Hughes.   

Brandon led the Vikings to their best regular season in school history and was voted most improved - and he was just as influential off the court.

Those in the community say for Brandon, actions really did speak louder than words.

"He was a class person, and he represented his family, his school, always in the best way and it's just a terrible loss for us," said Doyle.
   
And while Brandon was only here for 18 years, he truly made the most of every day... a lesson we can all learn from.
   
"He was a great student, a great athlete, but he was a better person.  As if as a father so myself a somebody you want that you want your son or daughter to grow up to be like, is he truly is that kind of individual," said Doyle.

Hughes added: "I feel like I'm a better person and a better coach just by having the opportunity to coach a kid like that."

A 12-year-old passenger in the car at the time of the accident was treated for minor cuts and bruises.
   
Services for Brandon Wagler have not yet been announced.
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