Worthington News

Family, friends mourn death of Kilbourne's Jordan Kendall

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Students at Worthington Kilbourne High School are remembering a classmate this week -- in their hearts and minds and on their shirts.

Sophomore Jordan Kendall died early Sunday morning in an automobile accident at the state Route 315 exit onto Kinnear Road. He was alone in the 2 a.m. accident and died at the scene.

Kendall was a well-liked student who touched the lives of many, according to Kilbourne principal Angie Adrean.

"He had a contagious smile and a personality that glowed," she said. "He brought much laughter into our lives and will never be forgotten."

After word of his death spread through social media Sunday, students held a candlelight vigil that evening at the school. They also painted a rock outside the school with the message, "We love you, Jordan."

This week, many are wearing T-shirts printed with this quote in honor of Kendall: "I regret nothing for that the only time spent with you are memories and memories are meant not to be forgotten."

Counseling was available to students and staff members at Kilbourne, and a moment of silence was observed during the Worthington Board of Education's May 12 meeting.

The tragedy also spread to the transportation department of the Worthington schools, as Kendall's mother, Allison Nehring, is a bus driver for the district, district spokesperson Vicki Gnezda said.

According to a report on WBNS-10TV, Kendall worked at a local Donatos pizza shop until 10 p.m. Saturday. He then called his mother and said he was going to get something to eat and then go to a friend's house.

His stepfather, Derek Nehring, said he and his mother assumed he was somewhere safe until they received the knock on the door Sunday morning.

The accident occurred when Kendall was driving south on Route 315 and ran into the rear of another vehicle that was stopped at a red light at the exit onto Kinnear Road.

Police say the impact sent the other car careening across Kinnear, and Kendall's Honda Civic spun twice before it hit a tree in the parking lot at the AMC Lennox Town Center.

Arrangements weren't available as of ThisWeek's press time.

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