HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - About two months ago, two teens were involved in a car crash in Toney. The driver was killed after running a stop sign. But now his family's trying to turn the tragedy around by giving back.
"He was a good kid, 6- foot-4, big ol' giant with a gentle hear," recalled Pat Renner.
She's still mourning the death of her grandson, Cory Renner, 17, who was killed in the crash off of McKee Road and Wall-Triana Highway in mid-October.
"We didn't realize how critical it was until we got to the hospital," Renner said.
"Thank God he didn't suffer," Cory's godmother, Jennifer Jones, said. "He was basically killed on impact."
Cory's family is now hoping to turn the tragedy into an opportunity. They're starting a scholarship in his name with the help of Sparkman High School, where Cory was a senior.
"[The money will be} put towards a welding degree," Jones said. "Cory wanted to weld on big ships one day. I'm hoping this will be a year-to-year event so kids for a long time can remember Cory and he can still continue to touch as many lives as he did when he was here."
"I think it'll help some of the kids that were in the same situation as Cory, to be able to get better schooling." added Renner.
Donations to the scholarship fund can be made at Servis First Bank in Research Park, and Cory's family said every little bit will help, hoping to raise thousands on his behalf.
"Cory's never going to be gone," Renner said. "As long as there's a scholarship in his name, he's still going to be here."