Stuarts Draft community mourns teen who died after crash

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AUGUSTA COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) — The Stuarts Draft community is mourning the loss of a high school senior in a crash this past weekend.

Photo of Brayden Stiltner provided by Kelsey Houchens

"He was not only a heck of a person," friend Chris Morris said. "But he was a star shining bright in the community."

According to Virginia State Police, 18-year-old Brayden Y. Stiltner, of Stuarts Draft, was driving north on Route 11 on Sunday night when, around 9:50 p.m., about two miles north of Lofton Rd., his 2000 Jeep Wrangler hit a deer.

Police say the Jeep ran off the road, went up an embankment, overturned, and Stiltner, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was ejected.

He was taken to Augusta Health and then airlifted to UVA Medical Center, where he died of his injuries on Monday.

On Monday night, friends and family gathered for a vigil to honor Stiltner's memory. A family friend told WHSV he was a senior at Stuarts Draft High School.

Friends posted to social media mourning his death, saying "God gained another angel today."

Virginia State Police said the crash remains under investigation.

On Saturday at 6:00 p.m., friends and family will be holding and vigil and cruise event for Stiltner at Broadmoor Plaza located at 2835 Stuarts Draft Highway in Stuarts Draft. You can find more info on that here.