Friends mourn teen’s death


MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) – The friends of a Mobile teenager killed in an accident early Sunday, March 2 are mourning his death, and praying for the recovery of five other teens critically injured in the wreck.

Courtney Seltzer said she talked to Michael Thompson on the phone Friday.  The teen told her he planned to have fun over the weekend.    But early Sunday morning she received a text from another friend about the deadly accident.

“I was like no, stop playing, it ain’t true, because I just talked to him the other day,” Seltzer said.

Courtney said the 19 year old Baker High School student was her best friend.

“Michael he was sweet., and nice, and he just really funny.  He used always call me like three something in the morning just to see what I was doing., and he just used to joke around and play,” she said.

Police said six teens were in a car when it left the road and slammed into the side of a concrete building on Grelot Road just after midnight Sunday.

“The markings go all the way down. They hit this curb took out a six foot section of the barrier wall there.  Hit another curb and smacked up against the grand slam storage building on it’s side.  Hit on it’s side, and then fell back, and when it landed the tires got flattened,” Mike Yates said.

Yates works at the Ollies Restaurant. He said the vehicle was on fire when he reached the scene.

“The flames were coming a foot and a half above the engine block, and I just started spraying with the fire extinguisher to put the flames out,” he said.

Yates quick action may have saved the other teens lives.

Courtney said there was a crowd of friends, students, and others at the hospital Sunday to support the teenagers who survived the crash.

“It was sad.  It was just a lot of people over there.   And we all prayed and stuff,”  she said.

Mobile police are investigating the accident.  but they said speed was a factor.


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