Travis Livers Gowdy via Randall K. Cooper High School.
Hundreds gathered to remember Livers Gowdy Thursday night at Cooper High School. (Photo: FOX19 NOW/Ben Katko)
(Photo: FOX19 NOW/Ben Katko)
BOONE COUNTY, KY (FOX19) -
A Randall K. Cooper High School student involved in a head-on collision last week has passed away, according to an email sent to parents on Thursday.
Travis Livers Gowdy, 18, was a passenger in a Toyota Camry that crashed into another vehicle on Camp Ernst Road near Longbranch on May 1.
Livers Gowdy, a senior student, had to be extricated from the car before medics took him to University of Cincinnati Medical Center.
Arrangements were made for Livers Gowdy on Friday afternoon.
A visitation for Livers Gowdy will be held on May 13 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Family Life Center of Florence Baptist Temple in Burlington at 1989 Florence Pike. The service will follow at 6:30 p.m.
Cooper High School has brought in counselors and school psychologists to help everyone understand and process this tragic event.
Two other Cooper students were involved in the crash. Paige Brickler, 18, was driving the Camry and suffered non-life threatening injuries. Andrew McMullen was ejected from the car and taken to UC with life-threatening injuries. There is no word on his current condition.
The driver of the second vehicle, Phillip Hester, 50, sustained non-life threatening injuries in the crash.
Fellow classmates at Cooper have used #CooperStrong on social media in the days after the crash. Dozens of tweets using the hashtag flooded Twitter following news of Livers Gowdy's passing.
"They're turning tragedy into something positive. We're going to be Cooper strong. We're going to get through this together" said Cooper High School principal Michael Wilson.
Hundreds gathered to remember Livers Gowdy Thursday night at Cooper High School.
"He liked to lift weights and he liked to wrestle. He would have done some other stuff. He would have been successful. That's why it's hard to see him go like this," said Livers Gowdy's friend, Seth Keller.
Keller helped organize the rally outside the doors of Cooper Thursday night.
"His smile is what set him apart from everyone. We want people to remember his smile more than the accident. We want people to remember his life and his attitude more than the accident," Keller said.
It's not just his smile that's missing from the hallways at school.
Students say his heart was just as big.
"I was sitting by myself at lunch everyday and this popular junior came and sat next to me. He sat there everyday with me. He was there for me all the time," said Livers Gowdy's friend, Hayley Karn.
Students at Cooper High School are selling CooperStrong stickers and t-shirts.