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Friends of Clay car crash victim talk about his life

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Eric Corley with a co-worker at Five Guys in Trussville. Eric Corley with a co-worker at Five Guys in Trussville.
Corley's manager at Five Guys in Trussville smiles as she talks about the joy her former employee brought to the restaurant. (abc3340.com) Corley's manager at Five Guys in Trussville smiles as she talks about the joy her former employee brought to the restaurant. (abc3340.com)
Friends of Corley have shown their support through social media sites like Twitter. Friends of Corley have shown their support through social media sites like Twitter.
CLAY - AL -

Another young man has died from that January 25th single-car accident on Trussville Clay Road. The crash happened just one day before Eric Corley's 21st birthday. He's the second to die from injuries after the crash. His family, friends, and an army of Facebook friends are remembering his life and the impact he made on so many.

Drivers traveling through the Clay - Trussville area may have noticed window paint reading, "Pray for Eric..."

"It's a community thing," Shelley Rogers-Wood, Eric's General Manager said. "Everyone has pulled together praying for the family and being that support for them. It's huge. It's not only Trussville, AL, it's all over Birmingham and Florida and Georgia."

Eric worked at the Five Guys Burgers and Fries in Trussville. His manager says, it was Eric's enthusiasm that kept everyone smiling.

"He played a big part in the enthusiasm in our store," Rogers-Wood said. "He would scream out, 'hey y'all! How are you today?' then take their order."

"By the end of your work shift, you were going to go home happy," Hunter Russo, Eric's Friend said.

It was less than two weeks ago, they learned Eric was one of five passengers in an SUV - on the way to a church concert - when the driver lost control and hit a rock in a ditch.

"Every kid up here as been living at that hospital to give support to his family," Rogers-Wood said.

Three friends started a campaign of prayer - messages now found all over town.

"If didn't know Eric, you missed out," Cody McGaughy, a longtime friend of Eric's said. "He was a great guy. If you were in a down mood, he would bring it out of you like that."

"He drew everyone to him because he had that fun loving personality," Rogers-Wood said.

"It's just community awareness because he was such a great guy and we know our God is powerful so he needs our prayers and we've been praying for him," McGaughy said.

 

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