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Funeral services for GHS student killed in crash set for Friday


Posted on Dec 27, 2011

GAINESVILLE - Funeral services for the Gainesville High School student killed Tuesday in a car accident on Clarks Bridge Road will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Grace Episcopal Church.

State patrol spokesman Gordy Wright said Wednesday that no charges will be filed in the wreck that killed Patrick Michael Kelley on his 18th birthday.

Wright said Kelley was in the rear seat of a car being driven by his 16-year-old brother when it veered into the path of another car on Clarks Bridge Road near Honeysuckle Road.

Patrick Kelley's brothers, ages 15 and 16, were injured and taken to Northeast Georgia Medical Center. They were both treated and released from the hospital.

Also taken to the medical center was the driver of the other car, 57-year-old Jeremiah Linnane of Clermont. A spokesman with NGMC said Wednesday afternoon that Linnane's condition is now satisfactory.

A GSP official said everyone involved in the accident was wearing seat belts.

Kelley is being remembered by friends and family as an outstanding student, an accomplished cello player and for his Boy Scout activities, among other things.

His passion was music. He was a member of the Gainesville High School Marching Band—the Big Red Machine, where the members affectionately called him “Patty Cakes.” For the last two years he was the Brass Section Leader. He played the Euphonium for the band and was selected for both the 9th District Honor Band and the Georgia All State Band four years in a row.

In addition to performing with the band, he was an accomplished cellist. Kelley played cello for over ten years, performing with both the Gwinnett County Community Orchestra and the Gainesville Youth Orchestra. He earned straight superior ratings for nine years in the Northeast Georgia String Festival.

At GHS he was also involved in the Spanish Club (President), Spanish Honor Society, Key Club (Mentoring Director), Environmental Awareness Club, Debate Team, and Academic Bowl Team. He was a part of the 2011 Region Championship Academic Bowl Team. In 2010 he was selected to participate in the Governor’s Honors Program in Mathematics. In 2011 he won the Jackson EMC Energy Bowl and participated as one of Jackson EMC’s delegates to the 2011 Washington Youth Tour.

He was the Senior Patrol Leader of Boy Scout Troop 242 and had just completed the requirements for Eagle Scout, and he was active with Grace Episcopal Church.

He learned in November that he had been accepted to Georgia Tech. Tech had further selected him as a semi-finalist in the competition for the Georgia Tech Presidential Scholarship. His dream, though, was to attend MIT. He applied early admission to MIT, but had been told he was deferred and would be considered again in March 2012.
It is always tragic when there are fatalities involved in any auto accident. Atlanta car accident attorney Shane Smith would like to offer his heartfelt condolences to the families involved.

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