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    Exeter teenager killed in car accident

       Goodwin family faces the loss of a second child in a year.
       By Tim SheehanT                          T he Fresno Bee    
                                            

An accident on a winding mountain road killed one teenager early Friday morning and has an Exeter family struggling to come to terms with the loss of a second child in less than a year.

Kyle Goodwin, 16, of Exeter died early Friday when the car he was driving rolled down an embankment and overturned near Three Rivers.

The crash happened shortly after 4 a.m. on Mineral King Road east of Sierra King Drive, between Three Rivers and the south entrance to Sequoia National Park. According to the California Highway Patrol, Kyle was heading west on the winding mountain road and failed to make a curve. The 1999 Volvo he was driving went off the road and over a cliff.

Kyle, who CHP officers said was not wearing a seat belt, was partially ejected from the car as it overturned before it rolled over him.

Officers said the accident is a reminder "of the extreme life-and-death importance of wearing seat belts." A passenger in the car, a 16-year-old boy from Visalia who was wearing a seat belt, was unhurt. Authorities did not release his name.
 Kyle Goodwin was the younger brother of Casey Goodwin, a popular Exeter High School graduate who was killed by a drunken driver on March 12, 2003, near Kettleman City. That crash happened as she was driving home from college in San Luis Obispo to celebrate her mother's birthday.

 

"Everyone here is just in shock," said Mary Anne Baker of Porterville, Kyle's maternal grandmother. "This is the second death we're dealing with."

Baker said Kyle, like his older sister, attended Exeter High and was popular with other students. A junior, he worked with Friday Night Live, a student organization that works to discourage drinking and driving -- a cause in which Casey was also active.

"He played water polo and was interested in computers," Baker said. "He was so outgoing and had so many friends. ..."           
   
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