Rockbridge Co. High School student dies following accident

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ROCKBRIDGE COUNTY (WSLS 10) - A Rockbridge County High School student has died following injuries in an accident Sunday, Virginia State Police confirm.

Justin Ruley's football coach said he was a member of the Rockbridge High School team. 

Friends said the sophomore was a vibrant person who brought positive energy to the classroom and the football field.

"He was one of those kids people really liked," said Justin Akers, Rockbridge County High School football coach


 A Facebook page called "

Prayers for Justin Ruley

" was established by one of Justin's family members to show support for his recovery after the accident. Justin passed away Wednesday. The accident happened at the US Route 501 and Route 130 split near Glasgow. Investigators say a vehicle with four juveniles inside made a left turn in front of an oncoming pick-up truck and was hit. There were several injuries. Guidance counselors at the school said many people hoped Justin would pull through. His death stunned students. 

"We talked a lot about them needing to look out for each other and being there for one another" said Allison Mock, Counselor at Rockbridge High School. "For a lot of them it is the first loss that they had and they don't know how they are feeling yet. "

 Troopers are not releasing names of the other juveniles involved in the accident.

Rockbridge County High School principal Haywood Hand confirms all four juveniles were students at the school although he could not release their names.


Hand says counselors from other areas reached out to offer support after news one student died of his injuries.