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19 Year Old Killed in Sandy Springs Accident was Future Marine

July 31, 2018

MARIETTA, GA. – July 23, 2018 ( A story on reports on the grief experienced by the people of Marietta, Georgia, at the loss of a young man who was about to become a Marine. He was killed July 20 in a vehicle accident.*

The collision that took the life of 19-year-old John Carpenter, of Marietta, Georgia, occurred on the evening of July 20 on Ga. 400 in Sandy Springs. Carpenter was a passenger in the vehicle. According to Sandy Springs Police, 19-year-old Seth Wheeler was driving a 1998 Ford Explorer southbound on Ga. 400 and lost control of the vehicle near the exit to Interstate 285 west. The vehicle then crashed, killing Carpenter. 

Wheeler sustained injuries and was treated in a nearby hospital. He has since been released and is facing criminal charges in connection with the accident, including vehicular homicide in the second degree, failure to maintain a lane, and driving too fast for conditions.

Friends and family of Carpenter are now grieving and remembering a young Eagle Scout with a promising future that included entering Marine Corps training in mere days. A graduate of Cumberland Christian Academy, Carpenter was known by his community as “the unofficial neighborhood mayor.” Neighbors recall his frequent walks with his dog, always wearing a warm smile and waving to everyone he saw. Now, Monroe Carpenter, John’s father, has taken over the job of walking his son’s dog, while trying to avoid conversations with neighbors that he knows will make him break down. 

“[T]hey come up to me and say he was just the sweetest kid,” Monroe said. 

Still, he says the family is finding forgiveness in coping with this loss. They have told Wheeler’s family they do not hold him personally responsible. “We know this was an accident,” Monroe said.   

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