Friends honor teen killed in McMinn County crash with memorial truck meet

Tyler Stevens (Tyler Stevens/Facebook)

YATHENS (WATE) – Friends of a 17-year-old killed in a crash Saturday are honoring his memory by doing what he loved best.

Friends of Austin Steven, 17, are holding a memorial truck meet on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. at Athens Regional Park. The teenager was  killed when his car veered off the road and over a median Saturday, landing in oncoming traffic, WTVC reports.

Tennessee Highway Patrol said Black Travis struck Steven’s car. Steven was flown by Lifeforce to the hospital, where THP said he later died from his injuries. Travis was also hurt in the crash.

“Anyone who ever met Austin would know he just wanted everyone to get along, would do anything for anyone, and his love for his truck was unreal. In Austin’s memory, there will be a meet at Athens regional park in lot by soccer fields. Cars, trucks, family, and friends of Austin’s are welcome,” said organizers of the event, Tyler Bailey and Nicholas Alexander.

After the meet, Steven’s friends said there will be an opportunity to ride out to the scene of the accident and help set up a roadside memorial.

Alexander said he decided to organize the memorial because Steven has been like a brother to him. Austin said he’s been friends with Steven since second grade.

“He has always been there for me and for everyone. Austin always made sure everyone was happy regardless of how he felt. He cared about others,” said Alexander. “He wanted more than anything to serve our country as a Marine and now he is a guardian angel looking over everyone. I am going to honor him in anyway possible because that is my fallen brother.”

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