High school senior killed in wreck days before graduation

Caleb Keller
Caleb Keller

Credit: Channel 2 Action News

Credit: Channel 2 Action News

A high school senior was killed in a two-vehicle wreck Tuesday morning in Rome just days before graduation, officials confirmed on the school’s social media accounts.

The fatal crash happened about 10:30 a.m. at the intersection of Wayside and Mango roads.

Model High School student Caleb Keller, 18, was driving his Honda Accord when he hit some loose gravel while turning a curve and lost control of his car, the Rome News-Tribune reported.

Keller’s car struck a Chevrolet 3500 pickup truck head-on, the paper reported. It is not clear if he died at the scene.


The driver of the truck, Larry Wendell Fincher, was extricated from the vehicle and taken to Redmond Regional Medical Center, according to the report. He was treated for minor injuries and released.

“I just want everybody to never take for granted what you are given,” Keller’s mother, April Helton, told Channel 2 Action News, “because it can be taken from you in an instant.”

“It is a very sad day for all of us,” Model officials said in a tweet. “The thoughts and prayers of the entire Model community go out to all of those affected by this tragedy. Caleb’s presence will be missed by the entire Model family.”

The school's graduation ceremony is scheduled for Saturday.

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