Students gathered Thursday afternoon afternoon at Giles County High School to remember 16-year-old Tison Marks, who was killed in a crash along Dog Branch Road in Minor Hill.
A report from the Tennessee Highway Patrol said his 2003 Chevrolet Silverado went off the left side of the roadway, down a steep embankment, and struck a tree. He died at the scene.
Investigators responded to the scene around 8:45 p.m., but the exact time of the crash was not immediately known because a friend told investigators that Marks had left his home around 4 p.m.
The report said Marks was wearing his seatbelt, but investigators believed speed was a factor in the crash.
Giles County High School Assistant Principal Sherry Parker said Marks was a rising junior and a member of the football team.
His football coach said he was a great student and a great athlete. The coaches opened the field house at the high school to Marks’ teammates and friends on Wednesday evening to meet, talk and grieve.
Funeral services for Marks will be held on Monday.