The starting quarterback on Empire High School's football team was killed in a car accident around midnight Sunday, the Arizona Department of Public Safety said.
Grayson Weeks, a 16-year-old junior at the Vail school, died in the two-car crash on eastbound I-10 near Marsh Station Road.
Counselors will be at Empire High School on Monday morning to help students cope with the tragedy, Vail School District spokesperson Natalie Luna Rose told Tucson News Now. The school planned a vigil in his memory Monday night.
"This is a very tragic loss for Empire High School and the Vail community," Vail superintendent Calvin Baker said. "Grayson was a very talented, well-liked and caring person. Our hearts go out to his family and many other people in our community who are directly affected by the loss of this precious young man."
Weeks was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected during the accident, the DPS said.
Authorities say 16-year-old Austin Avila was driving a small sedan eastbound on the I-10 when the car ran off the left side of the roadway.
As Avila tried to get back to the roadway, the vehicle rolled, ejecting Weeks, a passenger.
Weeks was then struck by an SUV and suffered fatal injuries. The people inside the SUV were not hurt.
Avila and one other passenger, 17-year-old David Aldstadt, were taken to a local hospital for their injuries. Two other passengers in Avila's car were treated and released from a local hospital.
The roadway was closed for about three hours.
The 6-foot-1, 175-pound Weeks, who also wrestled for Empire, played his final game Nov. 10. He passed for 209 yards in a state playoff loss to Snowflake, his third 200-yard passing game of the season.
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