Augusta Tech honors student killed in car accident

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News 12 at 11 o'clock / Wednesday, March 13, 2013

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AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- An Augusta Tech student who died in a car crash this past summer was remembered Wednesday afternoon.

Twenty-six -year-old Kyle Davis and one of his friends were both hit and killed after they stopped to help a friend on the side of the road. On Wednesday, Augusta Tech dedicated a plaque in his memory.

Kyle's father, Keith Davis, says the school changed his son's life, turning it around completely and putting him on the right path just before his death.

Now, he wants others to have the same opportunity.

"The whole idea of what this school has meant to me and him, me and Kyle at the time," said his father. "His whole being is made better from coming here."

In June, Kyle stopped to help a friend on Bobby Jones when someone swerved off the road, hitting him and his friend at almost full speed.

"It's the worst thing you could wish on anybody," Keith said. "Part of you just goes away."

Kyle was a student in the Air Conditioning Technology Department at Augusta Tech, something Keith says changed Kyle's life. He says Kyle was lost, but through the school and his instructor, Jerry Hadden, he'd found his way back.

The message on the door says: "It's never too late to change your life for better." It's a message his instructor and his father are hoping every student who walks through the doors will learn.

"I hope that people look to what happened in Kyle's life, see the change that was made, that his family is celebrating through this plaque and this dedication, and realize that even if they feel like they are at the bottom in their life, there's no where to go but up," said Kyle's instructor, Jerry Hadden.

Along with the plaque, Kyle's father started a scholarship to help other students who may be struggling like Kyle did.

"If a few hundred dollars or a thousand dollars might help someone be productive and not go down the wrong path, when just a little bit of help can help more than you know," Keith said.

His plaque joins just two others on the building, one for the dean and the second for a former head electrical inspector for Richmond County.

Kyle would've graduated on May 2. They will have an honorary diploma for him at graduation.

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