Community remembers Forreston student killed in car crash

FORRESTON, Ill. (WIFR) -- Two days after a junior at Forreston High School is killed in a car crash, a community honors him.

"He's why coaches coach. Drew was one of those who motivated us," says Forreston Basketball Coach, Jonathan Schneiderman.

Schneiderman remembers Drew Crase as not only a good basketball player, but also a great student and a friend to anyone.

"At times I would try to teach him to be more selfish. that's a rare quality for someone to need to be more selfish."

Crase was killed when his car ran off the road into a ditch on Illinois Route 73 and flipped into a pond.

Investigators found him around 1 a.m. Monday. The community of Forreston gathered to remember him, holding blue flowers - his favorite color - and meeting on the basketball courts where he once played.

"We wanted people to know what a great person he was to the students and community of Forreston," says Principal Travis Heinz.

Friends and loved ones say they are moved by the dozens who came out to celebrate Crase's life.

"All of the surrounding communities have shown their support and that has been an inspiration to our students and our staff," reflects Heinz.

Forreston families say they are using Crase to inspire them to look positively towards the future.

"At times like these, we start to ask the question 'Why?' but I think we should ask ' what' ... what can we do in response to this," says Heinz.

"The way Drew lived was a great way for us to learn to live if we don't already," says Schneiderman.