CAREY, Idaho --The small central Idaho town of Carey is in mourning today after a car accident that left one student dead and another student and teacher injured.
The Blaine County Sheriff's Office says15-year-old Austin Henneferwas taking a driver's education class Tuesday morning. He was drivinga 1996 Buick Century along US Highway 20 toward Fairfield around 7:30 a.m. when the car was struck by a 1993 Honda Accord driven by 45-year-old Sergio Lopez-Rodriguez of Gooding. The accident happened at the intersection of Highway 20 and Highway 75.
Hennefer, a sophomore at Carey High School, died on the scene.
There were two passengers in the Buick.A classmate, 15-year-old Jennifer Mares of Picabo suffered a broken hip and was flown to St. Luke's Magic Valley Medical Center in Twin Falls. She was later taken to a hospital in Boise where she underwent surgery.
Their teacher, Jeff Mecham, 41, who was in the front seat, was transported by ambulance from the scene and later flown by Life Flight to St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise.He is in critical condition.
Lopez-Rodriguez was also injured and taken ambulance from the scene and later flown to St. Al's.He was upgraded from critical to serious condition Thursday.
Carey is a close-knit community and residents there say that's actually helping them come together during this tragedy.
It's very difficult, it's just like you've lost one of your own kids, said Carey High School Principal John Peck.
The flag outside of Carey High School was positioned at half staff Wednesday in Austin's remembrance.
At Carey School everyone knows everybody and so when something like this happens, it's a difficult situation and everyone has to pull together, said John Peck.
A day after the accident, Peck says it's been difficult for the students and staff.
I told them that we're a family and that we laugh together, we cry together and we're going to have to get through it together, said John Peck.
The student council has set up large posters around the school for the students to share their memories about Austin.
He was a part of everything , he was on football, basketball, track, drama, to the max, he was in everything and he was everybody's friend, said senior Blair Peck.
He was a good student, quality individual and liked by all the students, said John Peck.
Knowing what we know, and being as tight as we are, we support each other and we'll get though it, it'll be hard, but we'll get through it, said Blair Peck.
The Blaine County Sheriff's Office is still investigating the accident, but say the roads were icy at the time of the crash.