Few things seem less fair in the world than when a young person dies. Branson School is morning the loss of one of its high school juniors after he was killed in a fiery crash that happened in Corte Madera on Monday, June 10th.
The Marin Independent Journal reported that Kwentyn Wiggins, 17, of Marin City, had just finished his junior year at Branson School when his car drifted off the pavement of the freeway and into a tree before bursting into flames.
The California Highway Patrol (CHP) said in a statement that the crash happened at approximately 2:19 a.m. when Wiggins’ 2004 Honda Sedan that had been traveling westbound on Highway 101 near the Tamalpais Drive overpass.
Emergency crews from the Central Marin County Firefighters were called to the scene to find Wiggin’s’ vehicle at the side of the road, entirely engulfed in flames.
Wiggins was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. No other vehicles or injuries were reported.
Wiggins played football and basketball at Branson School where coaches, teachers, and classmates alike described him as outgoing, positive, and a standout player with a very promising future.
“Our community is broken right now, and it’s going to take a long time to heal. His family and the guys on the team are absolutely devastated. They are in shock right now”, said Branson basketball coach Jonas Honick.
A candlelight vigil was held for Wiggins at 8:00 p.m. Monday.
Kwentyn Wiggins is survived by his is mother Latanya, father Orlando, older brother DeMarqus, and a younger sister, Jaliyah, who will be a sophomore at Branson School.
The cause is still under investigation by the CHP.