High Speed Crash Kills Two High School Students

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January 16, 2006
Friends and family say Robby Kasten and Bobby Kotz were wonderful young men. Within hours of their deaths Sunday night, phone lines lit up and friends gathered to mourn. News 12 has the story of two lives cut short.

Sunday evening the two boys were driving along this road. They Highway Patrol says they were going too fast. It looks like when they hit this curve, they lost control, slammed into a tree and were killed. Friends and family say both of these boys were talented and had big plans for the future.

Family says Robby Kasten and Bobby Kotz were leaving band practice Sunday night when their Camero hit this tree, killing both boys. The teenagers were students at North Augusta High School. Bobby Kotz swam on the school’s swim team.

Bobby’s cheerful personality had an impact on his team members who gathered at their coach’s house to remember him.

“He worked very hard when he was in the water, but he had a good time when he was out of the water. He liked to laugh and joke and if someone was down in the dumps he’d make sure they were smiling by the end of it,” said Joy Collins, Kotz’s swim coach.

Friends say Bobby also enjoyed fencing, martial arts and ROTC. The senior, just a few months from graduation, planned to go to college and study computers.

15-year-old Robby Kasten is best described as a music lover. Robby played the violin, viola, electric guitar and trumpet. Just last week, Robbie was asked to play music at Cambridge in England.

“You don’t have students come around like that all the time. It’s seldom you have a student like Robby,” said John Bradley.

John Bradley directed Robby in the ASU Jazz Band and most remembers his positive attitude and great talent.

“I was looking forward to Robby becoming one of my better trumpet players because he was so young,” Bradley said.

Two young lives with so much to live for.

As for the funeral plans, Robby Kasten’s visitation is Tuesday night from 6-8 at Stephen Posey Funeral Home. There will be a vigil to remember him at Christ Baptist Church at 9 p.m. Tuesday night. And Robby’s funeral will be Wednesday afternoon at 2 at the Posey Chapel. He’ll be buried Thursday in Reedsville, North Carolina.

Bobby Kotz’s viewing is Wednesday from 6-8 at Stephen Posey Funeral Home. His funeral is Thursday at 3:00 in the Posey Chapel.

Robby Kasten is survived by his parents and younger brother. Bobby Kotz is survived by his parents and two older brothers.