An East Mountain High School junior was killed last week in a rollover accident in Edgewood.
Nolan Boyd, 16, was a passenger in a 2016 Jeep Patriot that rolled over near the intersection of Williams Ranch Road and Thompson Road, not far from the I-40 overpass on Sept. 16.
Boyd was not wearing a seatbelt, according to Edgewood Police, who did not release the name of the driver.
“We ask all, especially juveniles, to obey the laws of the road, on and off, as it’s one of the leading causes of deaths among teens,” according to an Edgewood Police statement.
Students set up a memorial for Boyd in a hallway, decorated with a simple bouquet of carnations and roses, with messages expressing their sorrow.
“Nolan, you were the kindest soul and an amazing friend,” one of the missives read. “I am so sad to see you leave but know that you’re in a better place now.”
Boyd’s advocacy and English teacher Carmen Healy remembered him as a role model for his family.
“Nolan was such a kind and goofy kid. I always appreciated his smile and the way he greeted me every day,” Healy said. “He obviously enjoyed being a big brother and was proud every time he talked about his younger siblings.”
In a gofundme post to raise money to pay for his funeral expenses, Boyd was described “as an inspiration to his friends, a treasure to his family and the one kid that was described as perfect by his peers.”
Services are set for tonight from 4-6 p.m. at the Harris-Hanlon Mortuary in Moriarty, followed by a celebration of life at the scene of the accident, where another memorial was built.