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Musselman student enjoyed making people laugh

February 14, 2005|by DAVE McMILLION

charlestown@herald-mail.com

INWOOD, W.Va. - A Musselman High School student who was on the school's football, baseball and wrestling teams died Saturday at Winchester (Va.) Medical Center following injuries he received in a car accident a little more than a week ago, the school's principal said Sunday.

Ron Stephens said students are shaken up over the death of 16-year-old Clynt Kees, the second student at the school to die recently as a result of a car wreck.

Two years ago, a boy in the same class died in a car wreck in southern Berkeley County, Stephens said.

"This has been a horrible week for them all. We don't know why these things happen," Stephens said.

Stephens said the "entire heart of the school" goes out to Kees' family.

Kees wrecked shortly after school dismissed Feb. 3, Stephens said.

Kees was driving on Arden Nollville Road not far from where the road intersects with W.Va. 51 near the Inwood exit of Interstate 81, Stephens said.

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Kees' car struck a large truck near a bridge, Stephens said. Details of the crash are unclear, although it is believed there may have been a slick spot in the road, Stephens said.

The crash occurred during a heavy afternoon snowfall.

"He was unconscious from that point on," Stephens said.

Kees was taken off life support at Winchester Medical Center on Saturday, Stephens said.

Kees was the son of Steve L. and Robin Kees of Inwood and Carole and Mark Spessert of Bunker Hill, W.Va.

Besides being a member of Musselman's football, baseball and wrestling teams, Kees was an office aide for Stephens.

Kees "always had a smile on his face" and enjoyed making people laugh, Stephens said.

A crisis team will be at the school this week to help students and staff deal with the loss, Stephens said.

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