Visitation set for Northside High student killed in weekend crash

By Laura Ann Sills - bioemail

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – Students at Northside High School are dealing with a tragedy – the loss of one of their seniors.

Seventeen-year-old William Robinson had just received a new car from his parents on Friday.

He was driving to a friend's house that night he went off a road and struck a tree. The exact cause of the accident is not known at this time.

Robinson was a senior at Northside High School.  Principal James Wilson told News Leader 9, he was a great student, but he was known for friendly personality and love of hockey.

Additional counselors from other high school were at the school Monday to help grieving students and faculty.

The Robinson family is slowly realizing the impact their son had on others in the community.  Vance Robinson said William was an exceptional son.  "It gives me comfort to know that he touched so many lives and I am thankful for the 17 years with him."

Robinson had been playing hockey since he was eight years old.  This year he was chosen as the Columbus Youth Hockey team's captain.  "Goalies are a different breed, they are the last line of defense. Then they make a mistake everybody knows it, and he had the perfect attitude for that," explained his dad.

An attitude that rubbed off on others. His sister, Waverly, said he always had something positive to say about everyone. A lesson she is glad she learned from him.  "I am sorry for everybody who did not know William cause you would have loved him. I think everybody should be like him. It would make the world a better place," said Waverly.

Robinson's visitation is Tuesday evening from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Striffler-Hamby. The funeral will be Wednesday at 4:00 p.m. in the Strifler-Hamby chapel.

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