Friends remember Creekside High senior killed in DUI crash

GoFundMe created to help 18-year-old Jack Wheeler’s family

ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. – A family is asking for prayers right before Christmas after a Creekside High School student was killed in a car accident over the weekend in Julington Creek.

Early Sunday morning, according to the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office, an 18-year-old suffered serious injuries when the car he was in crashed into a tree off Bishop Estates Road. He was thrown from the car and deputies said he died at a hospital. A 16-year-old is now facing DUI charges after the deadly crash.

The 18-year-old was identified by a GoFundMe account and loved ones as Jack Wheeler, a senior at Creekside High.

“He’s just like a wonderful kid. He’s the sweetest person you’ll ever meet. He was loved by so many. Nobody ever had anything against him,” said friend Alex Gerdak. “He was such a good person and it’s just terrible.”

A memorial has been formed on the side of the road where the crash happened. Friends and classmates also gathered Monday afternoon at a St. Johns County beach to remember Wheeler. They hugged and cried as balloons were released into the sky in honor of him.

A balloon release was held in honor of Jack Wheeler. (Special to WJXT/WJXT)

Gerdak said Wheeler will never be forgotten.

“He changed the way we view the future and how he was always inspired to, like, do more in his life and get the grades he wanted and push so hard. And now it’s like, it’s just going to make us do so much more,” Gerdak said.

The GoFundMe account was also created to help the family during this difficult time. The fund will help with funeral expenses, flowers, food and more.

“Let us please lift Cathy, Winslow, Nate and Owen up in prayers as they grieve during this difficult time. As we have lost an amazing soul, Jack Wheeler through a tragic accident on Saturday, he still lives within our hearts every single day. Please help donate to our close friends as we get them through this difficult time of pain they are enduring. This fund will help with funeral expenses, flowers, food, etc for the Wheelers. R.I.P sweet Jack! We love you!”

GoFundMe organizer

Click here to donate to the family.

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