An industrial-sized barbecue grill broke free from its support beam on a camper, flew across a New York highway into the opposing lane of traffic and smashed into a car, killing the 19-year-old passenger on Saturday.
Police were investigating the accident on Route 31 in Macedon, N.Y., though no charges have been issued yet, WHAM reported. The driver of the car, Jared Jones, was hospitalized but has since been released. Seth Krebbeks, a 2015 graduate of Palmyra-Macedon High School, died on impact, The Democrat and Chronicle reported.
Witnesses told investigators the grill, described as being similar to “a pig cooker” by Macedon Police Chief John Colella, began swaying back and forth before it broke loose from the RV and soared into oncoming traffic, smashing into the car carrying Jones and Krebbeks, TWC News reported. The grill became unstable after the camper hit a pair of bumps, Colella told WHAM.
The driver of the camper is cooperating with authorities, police said.
Krebbeks’ friends remained in disbelief at the news and Palmyra-Macedon High School said grief counselors would be available.
“Out of everyone I know, he was the last one that deserved to die,” a friend, John Javorowsky, told WHAM. “He was such a good kid.”
“The idea that I’m never going to see him again, it’s unbelievable,” Kristy Tuncap told WHAM.