Loved ones say Kearney teen lost in weekend crash had ‘a servant’s heart’

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KEARNEY, Mo. -- A Kearney teen died over the weekend after the truck he was driving ran off the road and struck a tree.

Police said 17-year-old Jack Wolters was killed just before 11 p.m. Friday on Plattsburg Road, north of 162nd Street.

FOX 4's Molly Balkenbush went to the Church of the Annunciation in Kearney where a vigil was held for the teen.

“I really wish I could have told him you know, 'be careful. I know it’s late at night, just be careful,'” said Payton Monks, a friend of the victim.

Monks said Wolters was driving to his grandmother’s house to pick up his little sister. Police said Jack’s truck hit a sign and a tree after it ran off the road.

“He is a very energetic person,” said Monks. “I think people need to remember him as being someone you can have a nice conversation with, you can just always enjoy being around and he will put a smile on your face.”

Friends said Jack was extremely involved in his church and proud of his faith. They said he also ran cross country and track.

“He had such a servant's heart. He really did. It was so nice to serve with him,” said Alaina Hand, who went on a mission trip with Jack.

Friends told FOX 4 the high school senior left behind loving parents and three siblings.

“He’s super welcoming. He doesn’t care about any of your past things you’ve done or whatever, he just liked everybody,” Monks said.

Investigators are still looking into what caused the deadly accident.