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Penn High School freshman dies after traffic accident in California

April 05, 2010|By SUE LOWE Tribune Staff Writer
  • (Tribune Photo/JANAR STEWART)
(Tribune Photo/JANAR STEWART)

A Penn High School freshman died March 28 after a traffic accident north of Needles, Calif. Nathan Douglas White was in a car with his grandmother, Carol White, when the accident occurred, according to Nathan’s uncle, Charles Whetstone. Whetstone, who traveled to Nevada and Arizona to help with arrangements, said Carol and John White, who live in Granger, had custody of their 15-year-old grandson. He said the couple wanted to bring some items to Granger from a home they owned in Lake Havasu City, Ariz., and because Nathan was doing so well in school, they took him out of school a week before spring break. He said Carol and Nathan White flew to Las Vegas, rented a car and were driving south to Lake Havasu City through the edge of California when the accident happened about 5:10 p.m. March 28. Whetstone said Nathan was flown to University Medical Center in Las Vegas for surgery and died there that night. He said Carol White was released from the hospital three days later. According to a news release from the California Highway Patrol, a 20-year-old man from Lake Havasu City crossed the center line of U.S. 95 and collided with White’s car. Teresa Carroll, director of communications for Penn-Harris-Madison schools, said Nathan had been a student at Penn since October. She said counselors were sent to freshmen classrooms last week and a grief room was set up for students who wanted more counseling. For more information, see Tuesday’s South Bend Tribune. Staff writer Sue Lowe: slowe@sbtinfo.com (574) 247-7758

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