LOCAL NEWS

Rival high schools show their support for Utah teen killed in car crash

Oct 4, 2022, 7:55 PM | Updated: Oct 5, 2022, 4:07 pm

DELTA, Utah – A father who recently lost his daughter in a car crash wants to express his gratitude. He’s touched that several rival high schools across central Utah put aside their differences to honor Oakley Shiner, 17.

Jesse Shiner called his daughter a “great dancer” who was “super smart” and “loved being a big sister,” “just everything you’d want out of a child.” She was a senior at Delta High School who also worked the front desk at a local hotel.

The father said she was in the passenger seat of a friend’s car on Saturday when another car hit them. Both vehicles ended up in the ditch. Oakley was taken to Delta Community Hospital and then to Utah Valley Hospital by air ambulance. Doctors kept her alive so that family members could say goodbye.

“Everyone got to tell her how much we love her,” Jesse Shiner said, “and we know she was able to hear us at least.”

On Monday, Delta High School dressed in their customary red to recognize the loss, but Shiner was not expecting the school’s rivals Millard High School and North Sanpete High School to do the same.

“It looked as if the entire schools were participating,” he said. “North Sanpete wears red the majority of the time, but Millard doesn’t and so it was really cool to see that.”

Both schools posted photos on social media showing hundreds of students in red, with Millard High School writing: “MHS sends our love to DHS and Oakley’s loved ones.”

The father said he was “grateful for the gesture,” acknowledging it’s worth making time for kindness in this busy world.

Jesse Shiner said the intersection where the crash happened – 1500 S, Lonetree Road, outside Delta – has a past. He actually crashed there himself while picking up his prom date decades ago. He’s known three people who’ve died at that intersection, including a coach when he was in sixth grade.

“It’s become a well-known spot,” he said. “This is a dangerous little intersection.”

He’s not sure what can be done about the intersection but would like traffic safety experts to take a closer look. Traffic heading north and south keeps moving, while vehicles heading east and west on the gravel road have stop signs.

Oakley’s friend and the other driver are healthy and on the mend, he said.

“I just hope they know there’s no ill feelings towards them,” Jesse Shiner said. “Accidents happen. It’s just unfortunate for Oakley’s sake.”

He’s heard of other groups showing support for his daughter, and he’s thankful for those efforts, too.

“As a parent, that’s what you want for your children is to know that they’re loved and supported,” he said, “and I know Oakley knows.”

She was just one month shy of her eighteenth birthday. Funeral services for Oakley will be held Saturday morning, and she’ll be buried in the Delta City Cemetery. Additional details are available on the Nickle Mortuary website.

KSL 5 TV Live

Top Stories

Local News

...
Lauren Steinbrecher

Lehi mom stranded in snowstorm grateful for help from unexpected stranger

Two Utah County women are sharing how a desperate situation during Monday's snowstorm turned into a heartwarming story they'll never forget.
16 hours ago
Some residents of an Orem student apartment complex ran for their lives after shots were fired on t...
Pat Reavy, KSL.com

Man accused of shooting at Orem apartment complex surrenders

A Utah man accused of shooting people at an Orem apartment complex in a confrontation caught on video has surrendered to police.
16 hours ago
(Karah Brackin/KSL TV)...
Karah Brackin

U of U working to get victims help after two cameras found in Student Life Center

The University of Utah and its department of public safety said Thursday they are focusing on victims and getting them the help they need to move forward after two cameras were found in the Student Life Center.
16 hours ago
Apartments and townhouses on Traverse Mountain Boulevard in Lehi are pictured on Wednesday, Aug. 11...
Carter Williams, KSL.com

Utah experiences largest population spike in 16 years. Here’s where people are moving

Utah's population skyrocketed by a little more than 61,000 people between July 2021 and July 2022, marking the state's largest spike in absolute growth in 16 years, according to a new population estimate report released Thursday.
16 hours ago
(FILE) Salt Lake City Police car responding to a scene....
Madison Swenson

Police: Man arrested for burglarizing two SLC businesses

A 44-year-old man has been arrested after police say he burglarized two businesses in downtown Salt Lake City, including an office space belonging to the Utah Attorney General's Office.
16 hours ago
FILE: A UTANG KC-135, modified with Real-Time Information in the Cockpit and gateway technologies, ...
Josh Ellis

Utah Air Nat’l Guard airman dies during routine deployment in Guam

A Utah airman assigned to the 151st Air Refueling Wing died Tuesday after suffering a medical emergency in Guam.
16 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

house with for rent sign posted...
Chase Harrington, president and COO of Entrata

Top 5 reasons you may want to consider apartment life over owning a home

There are many benefits of renting that can be overshadowed by the allure of buying a home. Here are five reasons why renting might be right for you.
Festive kitchen in Christmas decorations. Christmas dining room....
Lighting Design

6 Holiday Decor Trends to Try in 2022

We've rounded out the top 6 holiday decor trends for 2022 so you can be ahead of the game before you start shopping. 
Happy diverse college or university students are having fun on their graduation day...
BYU MBA at the Marriott School of Business

How to choose what MBA program is right for you: Take this quiz before you apply!

Wondering what MBA program is right for you? Take this quiz before you apply to see if it will help you meet your goals.
Diverse Group of Energetic Professionals Team Meeting in Modern Office: Brainstorming IT Programmer...
Les Olson

Don’t let a ransomware attack get you down | Protect your workplace today with cyber insurance

Business owners and operators should be on guard to protect their workplace. Cyber insurance can protect you from online attacks.
Hand turning a thermostat knob to increase savings by decreasing energy consumption. Composite imag...
Lighting Design

5 Lighting Tips to Save Energy and Money in Your Home

Advances in lighting technology make it easier to use smart features to cut costs. Read for tips to save energy by using different lighting strategies in your home.
Portrait of smiling practitioner with multi-ethnic senior people...
Summit Vista

How retirement communities help with healthy aging

There are many benefits that retirement communities contribute to healthy aging. Learn more about how it can enhance your life, or the life of your loved ones.
Rival high schools show their support for Utah teen killed in car crash