Brighton High students wear black to mourn student who died in ATV accident

Posted at 5:30 PM, Apr 09, 2012
and last updated 2012-04-09 19:59:14-04

COTTONWOOD HEIGHTS -- Students and faculty at Brighton High Monday wore black clothing as a symbol of their mourning for 15-year-old Jeremy Bryant who died in a four-wheeler accident over the weekend.

The gesture was a small reminder for everyone to keep Jeremy in their mind. The teen died Saturday after he jumped off a dune near Sand Mountain in Juab County.  He crashed his four-wheeler when he went over a 20-foot drop and missed the next sand dune. The teen broke his neck.

Jeremy’s mother said he was experienced, but loved speed. His friends say he lived for motocross.

“He died what he loves doing. It sucks to say but that's the way to go,” said Brighton High student and friend of Jeremy's, Tommy Bronkowski.

The sophomore loved to dance and would often breakdance in the middle of the school hallways. Friends posted their memories and feelings about his death on the teen's Facebook page. The sad news spread quickly.

“Your heart stops for a minute to see if it's your kids. Because they are all really important to us. So this news has been hard the last couple of days,” said Brighton principal Charisse Hilton.

Grief councilors talked to students about their loss, but his close friends say they're trying to stay upbeat, the way Jeremy always was.

"It's sad, we are all going to miss him. He'll be here forever. He'll be in our hearts," said Bronkowski.