Wheaton high school student killed in suburban car crash

A student at Wheaton Warrenville South High School was killed in a traffic accident in the suburbs on Friday.

Shortly before 5 p.m., Wheaton police responded to Butterfield Rd. and Orchard Rd. for a single-vehicle accident in which the driver struck a traffic light pole.

The driver, who was the sole occupant of the vehicle and identified by his school as 16-year-old Holden Wight, was pronounced dead at the scene.

“We extend our condolences to family, friends and the school community impacted by this loss. The Wheaton Police Department has been in communication with School District 200 Community Unit staff so they can provide District 200 community support resources,” Wheaton Police said. .

Wheaton Warrenville South said Wight was a junior at school.

“Our hearts and prayers go out to Holden’s family and friends. Losing a member of our school community is incredibly tragic, sad and very difficult to understand,” Principal Scott McDermott said in an email to families.

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“We know that dealing with this tragedy will certainly take time. Our school community has been through a lot in recent years and we are a stronger and closer school community as a result. Now is the time for us to continue to unite to support our entire Tiger Nation and our team are committed to doing just that. Students and staff – please contact us for anything you need,” the email concluded.

Butterfield Road was closed for five hours on Friday as a reconstruction team conducted an investigation.

No other details were immediately released.

Martha K. Merrill