Statement from Adairsville High School: The Adairsville High School Family is mourning the loss of Larry Gardner, a senior and a member of the Tiger Bands and AHS Drama program. Larry was preparing to participate in his final band competition this morning when he was involved in a tragic accident near the AHS campus. Larry was a talented young man who had an infectious personality and a passion for life. His impact on our students and staff is immeasurable. Multiple AHS families were directly impacted by this accident, and we ask that everyone keep both in your thoughts and prayers.
Media release from Bartow County Schools: With tremendously heavy hearts, we report the passing of Larry Gardner. He was a senior at Adairsville High School, but better known to most as the ‘Soul of the Adairsville High School Marching Band’. Larry died early Saturday morning near Old Highway 41 and Manning Mill Road after a vehicle struck him. He was on his way to Adairsville High School to join bandmates and depart for his last band competition of the year in Carrollton, Ga. That trip was cancelled immediately following this tragedy.
“This is a devastating loss to our band, school and community,” says Adairsville High School Principal Bruce Mulkey. “He had an unbelievable spirit. I’ll remember that most. If he had a bad day, you would have never known it. He had a small on his face every time I passed him. Larry’s energy and enthusiasm were just as contagious as his smile.”
Larry was an Honors and AP student, as well as a standout member of the Adairsville High School Marching Band Drumline. Band Director Dr. Kerry Bryant says, “Meeting Larry when he was in seventh grade was a memorable experience. His talent, even as such a young age, was remarkable…better than most adults. In my 29 years of experience, you don’t meet too many kids like that!”
In addition to Larry’s profound talent, Bryant says, “His work ethic was second to none, and he had a tremendous sense of humor that made him a popular student inside and outside of the band program.”
Guidance counselors and ministers will be on hand Monday morning to help classmates cope with this terrible loss. A fund has also been set up at Northside Bank in Adairsville to help the Gardner family through this trying time.
From Georgia State Patrol: On 10-07-2017 at 07:34 hours, troopers responded to a crash involving a Dodge Durango and pedestrian on Old GA 41. During the investigation it was determined that the Durango and the pedestrian were traveling south on Old GA 41. The vehicle struck the pedestrian from the rear with its front left bumper. The pedestrian was fatally injured. At this time it is undetermined if the pedestrian was in the roadway or on the shoulder. The GSP Specialized Collision Reconstruction Team is conducting a follow-up investigation. Charges are pending for the driver of the Durango – Nixon Sellers, 31, of Adairsville. Pedestrian – Larry Gardner, 17, of Adairsville. The report has not been completed. This is all of the information that we have at this time.
Earlier report from Bartow County Emergency Medical Services: Saturday morning BCEMS along with other agencies responded to Old HWY 41 near Manning Mill Rd. (in Adairsville) to a 17-year-old male struck by a vehicle. The male was walking up the roadway when he was struck. BCEMS crew arrived on the scene to find the male with no sign of life. The Bartow County Coroner and the GSP are on the scene investigating the accident.
Witnesses state the teen was walking to Adairsville High School to participate in a band competition with the school when he was hit by the car. We are awaiting the accident report from Georgia State Patrol.