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CRASH DEATH: Friends Mourn ‘Hero’

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The town of Adair is in mourning after a popular young man, who was seriously hurt in a car accident, died of his injuries.

Ten days after Jessie Leeper’s car was hit head-on by a driver going the wrong way on I-80 near Earlham, the 20-year old Eagle Scout and Simpson College junior has died.

Friends say Leeper seemed to be recovering when he took a sudden turn for the worse.  He died Wednesday morning.

"We were all just kinda preparing for the worst but praying for the best. " says former classmate Dakota Schafer, "Just kinda woke up to the messages and how do you prepare for that, you know?"

The driver of the other car, 24 year old Megan Hakeham, was killed in the accident.  Leeper’s two passengers survived.

car crashFriends believe Leeper's two passengers are alive because he acted heroically by swerving at the last second to take the brunt of the crash on his side of the car.

A benefit for Leeper's family is being held at the Adair-Casey High School August 4th, at 11:00 a.m.