Washington teen killed in Sunday night accident remembered

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Jul. 11—Eli Newberry loved to fish. In fact the 17-year-old Washington High School student frequently competed in fishing tournaments.

"He was in my office quite a bit getting permission to represent WHS in fishing tournaments around the country," said Washington Community Schools Assistant Superintendent Steve Peterson who previously served as principal at the high school. "His face would light up telling me about his fishing tournaments."

Newberry, who would have been starting his senior year in just a few weeks, was involved in an accident Sunday around 7:30 p.m. on U.S. 50, near CR 300 West.

Daviess County Sheriff Gary Allison said Newberry was driving west in a Ford truck when for unknown reasons the vehicle left the road, crossed the east-bound lane and then struck trees. Newberry passed away at the scene.

"I can tell you that Eli was a respectful young man who was well-liked by his peers," said Peterson who said Newberry had plans to graduate and come back home to start a fishing club at the high school.

Newberry was also part of the Hatchet tennis team.

Gates 4 and 5 will be open at WHS Tuesday from 9 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. for students who wish to speak to a counselor.

"Students may also have access to Eli's locker if they are so inclined to leave messages of support and condolences," said Peterson. "These are trying times for our students, staff and community. Our hearts are heavy as we yet again mourn the sudden passing of young life. Eli will be missed but not forgotten."

Less than two months ago, five WHS students were involved in a crash in Knox County that claimed the life of Davidson Saint-Victor. GoFundMe pages were set up to help cover expenses for not only Saint-Victor's family but also others involved in the accident.

Newberry had set up a page to help cover medical expenses for his friend Wilmer Santos. Now, Santos has set up an account to help his friend's family.

In the description on the GoFundMe page, Santos wrote "Hi I'm Wilmer. Eli was a good buddy of mine and he fatally passed away on U.S. 50 west of Washington. He once told me when I was in an accident myself that he did it (created a GoFundMe) because he knew I would do the same for him which I am doing. All the funds will be going to Eli's family and covering the funeral. Keep his family in your prayers. Love you bud rest in peace."

As of Monday afternoon, more than $2,300 had been garnered through GoFundMe for Newberry's family. No final arrangements were available as of press time.