Northridge high school student tragically killed in crash on U.S. 20

NOW: Northridge high school student tragically killed in crash on U.S. 20

MIDDLEBURY, Ind - Tragedy unfolded over when weekend, when 17-year-old Elijah Coryn of Northridge high school lost his life in a crash on U.S. 20 on Saturday around 1:00 a.m.

According to the Elkhart County sheriff's office, Coryn was hit by a semi, and the vehicle he was apparently in was stopped in the middle of the road.

As of now, it's still unclear why he left the vehicle to begin with, or why he didn't pull all the way over.

Cecilia Baker, who's lived in Middlebury for over 28 years is saddened by the loss, especially of somebody so young.

“It's a young man that whole life is before him and he's gone and the whole community is really affected by it,” said Baker.

Coryn was a member of the Northridge Lacrosse team, and the team released a statement describing Coryn as a tremendous teammate, friend, and a joy to have in the program.

Baker feels that you don't necessarily need to know somebody, to be personally affected by their loss.

“If you don’t know the young man, you know somebody that was impacted by it. This community is so close, you could be a virtual stranger, move in, and they open you with welcome arms and when we lose somebody so young in such a tragic spontaneous way. It affects everybody,” said Baker.

The Middlebury school district posted on their website that they will be offering mental health services for students and staff today.

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