Early Sunday, a Fisher, IL teen was killed in a Mohamet IL car crash, according to The News Gazette. The Mohamet IL car crash was a single-car rollover accident. The young man involved in the crash veered off the road, and his vehicle rolled over, throwing him from it, the article stated.
The boy’s name was Justin Unzicker, and he was a senior at Fisher High School in Fisher, IL, a small farming community near Champaign, IL. The high school principal Tom Shallenberger told The News Gazette that grief counselors were available Monday, and the school was open on Sunday for students who wanted to gather.
“Justin was a fun-loving kid. He was a heck of a football player and was very kind to our younger students,” Shallenberger told The News Gazette.
Police chief Mike Metzler told The News Gazette the Mohamet IL car crash happened on Illinois 47 on the north edge of town at 4:30 am. The teen was pronounced dead at the site of the accident, according to the article. Metzler told The News Gazette that he was alone in the car.
The autopsy revealed that he died of multiple traumatic injuries. It would be weeks before the toxicology report would come back to determine whether or not alcohol was involved. There was evidence of alcohol in the car, but the coroner said there is no proof that Unzicker had consumed it until he gets the toxicology report back.
The results of the autopsy revealed that it was “highly unlikely” the 17-year-old was wearing a seatbelt as he was thrown from his Pontiac Grand Prix.
The Mohamet IL car crash was just one week before graduation, according to Fox Illinois. The teen’s best friend told Fox Illinois that the death of Unzicker was painful. “It’s tough,” Unzicker’s best friend told Fox Illinois. “It feels like I’m in a nightmare just waiting to wake up.” His friends laid flowers at the location of the accident to memorialize their friend’s life.
Unzicker’s obituary stated that his celebration of life service will be held Friday, May 20th. “He was friends with everyone no matter what and was always looking out for the underdog, taking them under his wing,” the obituary stated. “He had an infectious smile that could light up a room and had a joyful soul and a great sense of humor. He was loved by many and will be missed by all that knew him.”