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Pleasant Grove student killed in crash had lost home to April tornado

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A family in Pleasant Grove is now coping with a new tragedy - one that is far worse than the initial loss the family suffered.

Austin "A.J." Ozley, 15, of Pleasant Grove, died Sunday evening following a two-car crash along U.S. Highway 280 in Chelsea.

Ozley and his family were among those who had lost their homes to the April 27 tornado.

On Monday, counselors from Pleasant Grove Middle and High Schools visited Ozley's relatives, who are currently living in temporary housing.  The school system offered its support in any way possible.

Jarvis Watkins, the middle school principal, said Ozley's classmates in the eighth grade would take part in a creative writing assignment.  They will write down fond memories of their friend and place them in a book that will be delivered to Ozley's mother.

"The goal is to give the mom something from our kids to show that we really care about what's going on and show how much we appreciated A.J.," Watkins said.

State Troopers said Ozley was a passenger in a 1996 Acura Integra that collided with another vehicle Sunday afternoon.  Troopers said the driver of the Acura, 28-year-old Corey Nimm of Pleasant Grove, was injured in the crash and taken to Brookwood Medical Center.

Troopers said the Integra and a 2009 Chevrolet Impala driven by 33-year-old Marsha Cooper of Columbiana collided around 4:15 p.m. Sunday.  Troopers have not released details of what caused the crash.

The Chelsea fire chief said the crash happened at the intersection of Highway 280 and Shelby County Road 39.

Funeral arrangements for Ozley were pending with Patterson-Forest Grove Funeral Home.

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