After more than a week-long battle, North Scott High School senior Justin Wold has succumbed to the injuries he sustained in a car accident just two days before graduation.
Wold, 18, of Donahue, died Tuesday at University Hospitals, Iowa City, where he was taken after the May 25 accident.
“This has been really hard on everybody,” said Tom Dose, superintendent of the North Scott Community School District.
“I’m talking about the whole community,” he added. “Everybody knows the family. So many people around here are so close and work together and have fun together; and then something like this happens and sets everybody back.”
Wold was driving a 1999 Ford Ranger pickup truck southbound just after midnight when he lost control of the vehicle, according to a report from the Clinton County Sheriff’s Department. The truck entered the median and rolled over, landing on its wheels in the northbound lane of the highway.
Wold was ejected from the vehicle and taken to Iowa City by helicopter. Wold’s two passengers also were injured.
North Scott senior Kelsey Jenkins, 18, of Eldridge, Iowa, is recovering from her injuries. Also, senior Alicia Bussian, 18, a foreign exchange student who was staying with the Jenkins family, flew back on Tuesday to her home near Frankfurt, Germany.
North Scott Principal Mike Zimmer said he is waiting to hear from the Wold family on whether they would like to use the school for a memorial service.
“I’ve contacted some of the people who put together the memorial for Bret Miller, so we’re kind of on call right now,” Zimmer said.
Miller, 17, of Dixon, who also was a senior at North Scott, died in a single-vehicle accident May 26, the day before graduation. Miller’s accident occurred at 6:55 a.m. in the 29400 block of Allens Grove Road southeast of Dixon, according to the Scott County Sheriff’s Department.
Miller was driving northwest on Allens Grove Road toward Dixon when his vehicle left the roadway on the west side and traveled through a ditch until striking a driveway at the Dixon Co-Op. The vehicle came to rest on its top on the other side of the driveway in the west ditch. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Wold’s family was allowed to receive his degree at graduation, as was Miller’s family.
The school held a memorial for Miller that “went very well,” Zimmer said.
Arrangements for Wold are pending at Schultz Funeral Home, DeWitt.
(Reporter Deirdre Baker also contributed to this story.)