Families of Greenon teens killed in crash to attend NASCAR race


The families of two Greenon teens killed in a car crash last month will attend a NASCAR race next weekend as guests of a team.

The families of Greenon senior David Waag, 17, and sophomore Connor Williams, 15, who played football at Greenon while attending classes at the Global Impact STEM Academy in Springfield, will be guests of Joey Gase and his team on Sept. 23 at Kentucky Speedway.

MORE: Greenon community grieves for 2 athletes killed in crash

Mark Sanders, the fuel man and the team engineer for the 52 Jimmy Means Xfinity Camaro, said he wants to make sure the family knows the community supports their family. Sanders is a Greenon graduate and lives in Clark County. He works the races on the weekends.

“They will meet the team, the owner and the driver,” Sanders said. “I know Connor was a very passionate car buff.”

Joey Gase’s number 52 NASCAR Xfinity Series car has sported a Greenon decal that also features the pictures of Waag and Williams this season after the boys’ death.

Connor and David were killed when a black 2005 Toyota Corolla they were in the back seat of went off the right side of Wilkerson Road between Fairborn and Yellow Springs, the Ohio State Highway Patrol said. The two boys weren’t wearing seat belts at the time, the state patrol said.

MORE: Greenon boys killed in crash remembered as compassionate

Sanders said he had dinner with the two families recently to extend the invitation to them. Connor’s mother, father, sister and her boyfriend and David’s mother and her boyfriend are expected to attend the race Sept. 23.

“We want them to know that we are here for them,” Sanders said. “This is important to me and our team.”

The state patrol’s Xenia Post continues to investigate the crash, Lt. Mark Schmenk said, and are waiting on some evidence before they send a report to the prosecutor.

RELATED: Graffiti memorial to Greenon teens leads to criminal charges

“We are still waiting on some recon work and we are waiting on the blood evidence to come back from our lab,” Schmenk said.

An initial report indicated neither drugs nor alcohol were suspected to be a contributing factor in the crash.

The race won’t be the first time the two boys have been honored. The boys had a public, well-attended funeral at the high school and their sports numbers have been placed in the center of the Greenon High School field. They also will be honored before the Greenon High School football game Friday night.



Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Community News

Walmart tests ‘in-fridge’ home delivery service for customers who aren’t home
Walmart tests ‘in-fridge’ home delivery service for customers who aren’t home

Walmart is testing a new grocery delivery service -- one where you don’t have to be home to receive your order. >> Read more trending news  The retail giant announced Friday it has partnered with smart lock startup August Home to create a program where a delivery person can enter a customer’s home and put away...
Why get the flu vaccine?
Why get the flu vaccine?

The flu vaccine is now available and families should be making plans to get everyone in the household immunized. “The flu vaccine is recommended for everyone older than 6 months,” says Sherman Alter, MD, medical director of the infectious disease department at Dayton Children’s Hospital. “The flu vaccine will provide children...
Funeral home burglar stole, wore dead man’s burial suit, police say
Funeral home burglar stole, wore dead man’s burial suit, police say

A Kentucky man is accused of burglarizing a funeral home and stealing from a dead man awaiting burial, according to police. James Neal Sullivan, 35, of Cecilia, is charged with third-degree burglary in the Sept. 13 incident at Watson & Hunt Funeral Home in Leitchfield, a small city about 75 miles southwest of Louisville. The Leitchfield Police...
Man thanks officers who saved his life from flesh-eating bacteria
Man thanks officers who saved his life from flesh-eating bacteria

It was an emotional moment when a man got to thank officers for saving his life.  WSBTV’s Linda Stouffer was there the moment Alan Avery was able to hug and embrace the DeKalb County officers.  It was a year ago that Avery called to report someone breaking into his home five times. “It’s not normal for someone to call...
OHTF 1 members help with Hurricane Maria recovery efforts
OHTF 1 members help with Hurricane Maria recovery efforts

Several Ohio Task Force 1 members are assisting with rescue efforts throughout the Carribean as Hurricane Maria continues to batter the region. Battalion Chief Jack Reall from Columbus has been assisting the “Red” Incident Support Team in Puerto Rico for five days and he is assigned as a deputy operations section chief, according to...
More Stories