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Cottonwood Teen Dies Following Deadly Crash

16-year-old Tyson Wacker died on Monday after a deadly crash on Oct. 18 left him in critical condition.

Posted: Oct 19, 2018 6:08 PM
Updated: Oct 24, 2018 9:41 AM

UPDATE 10:05 am. Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018- California Highway Patrol has confirmed that Tyson Wacker, 16, of Cottonwood, has died after a car accident left him in critical condition on Oct. 18. 

Wacker was driving on Rhonda Road near Lynn Hart Drive in Anderson last Thursday when he lost control of his vehicle and crashed into a tree. 

He died of his injuries on Monday at Mercy Medical Center. 

Stay with KHSL Channel 12 and for the latest updates as they become available. 


ANDERSON, Calif - Sixteen-year-old Tyson Wacker is a varsity football player at West Valley High School in Cottonwood.

But after a horrible crash on Thursday night, the teen's family is waiting and praying as their son fights for his life at Mercy Medical Center.

A C.H.P investigation states Wacker was driving on Rhonda Road near Lynn Hart Drive around 9 p.m. when he lost control of his SUV and crashed into a tree.

We asked CHP how dangerous this section of road is?

They didn't go on camera but did tell Action News Now Rhonda Road is narrow and winding.

Drivers need to pay extra attention while driving on it and there is little room for error, especially at night.

As for Wacker's crash, C.H.P is still investigating the cause.

Friends and family have set up a vigil at the scene of the crash.

It includes roses, a West Valley High School hat, and a pair for football shorts.

After reaching out to Mercy Medical Center the hospital had this to say on the Wackers family's behalf.

"Immediate family members of Tyson Wacker respectfully ask that no reporters try to contact them at this time. They are understandably very distraught." 

As of Friday evening, Wacker was still in critical condition.

His coach says the eagle nation would appreciate everyone to pray for the family and for a miracle.

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