Candlelight vigil honors Tacoma teen killed in car crash

Staff writersApril 28, 2014 

Quinnton Dimmitt

Quinnton Dimmitt was a both a daddy’s and mama’s boy, his parents and friends say.

The 17-year-old boy was on his way to get coffee for his mom Lydia Friday morning when he was killed in a Midland car crash, his dad Michael Dimmitt told the crowd at a vigil at Franklin Pierce High School Monday night.

Quinnton was set to graduate from the school June 7.

Several hundred classmates attended Monday’s candlelight ceremony.

Quinnton was the sort of kid who would regularly ask his grandpa if he could come over and hang out on a Friday night. He insisted on his dad hugging him goodnight before bed.

“Quinnton was a very positive thinker,” said his sister, 14-year-old Bailey Dimmitt. “When someone was hurting, he would try to help them.”

The Spanaway man suspected of killing Dimmitt was speeding and possibly intoxicated, according to the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department. The 27-year-old driver has not been arrested and law enforcement officers are awaiting results from a toxicology test, sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said.

Michael Dimmitt said he was looking for answers from the investigation.

“We’ve got to find out what happened,” he said.

The accident happened about 7 a.m. Friday at Waller Road East and 84th Street East.
Quinnton was traveling east on 84th when he stopped at a stop sign. As he went through the intersection, his car was hit by a van driven by the Spanaway man and pushed about 100 feet, Troyer said.

The teenager died later Friday at Tacoma General Hospital.

Students said at Monday’s vigil that people would turn to Quinnton when they were having a tough time or needed a hand in class -- except maybe Spanish class, which he routinely skipped, they laughed.

When he said “hi” for the first time, you felt like you’d known him for 10 years, one student said. Another remembered him starting to talk to her in class one day, and when she asked why, he said he just wanted to make a new friend.

Michael Dimmitt said he knew Quinnton wanted to marry his girlfriend of four years, 18-year-old Kylie Williams, and eventually have kids.

Jonathan Love, Quinnton’s counselor at Franklin Pierce, said the teen was interested in exploring a career in computer gaming.

He was the kind of kid who fit in everywhere, Love said. He wasn’t personally involved in a lot of school activities, but was always in attendance at school events to support his classmates.

“He had a positive outlook about everything he did,” Love said. “I remember him coming into the counseling office, bouncing and excited.”

School officials notified students of their classmate’s death Monday morning. The school had counselors available for students, and school officials also said they planned to give parents contact information in case their child needs more support.

Quinnton is survived by his parents, sister, and 21-year-old brother Morgan Dimmitt.

 

 

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