Tyndall, SD (KSFY) People in the Tyndall area are mourning after three family members died in a crash on an icy road early Saturday morning.
The 16-year-old driver Zach Johnson and his parents Dan and Tina were killed in the head-on collision with a semi near Parkston.
Students at the Bon Homme School District began Monday morning with an assembly, helping them deal with the loss of the beloved freshman and his parents.
“There were a lot of questions and a lot of emotions because Zach was a very popular boy and a great student and his parents were the same way,” Bon Homme Superintendent Mike Elsberry said.
Superintendent Elsberry says adults are taking the loss just as hard as the students, mourning Zach’s incredible parents Dan and Tina.
“They were involved in everything Zach did- his education, his wrestling and all of the other activities he participated in, they were always there,” Elsberry said.
The Johnsons were a big part of the Bon Homme wrestling community.
“He went to state his freshman year in wrestling. He also was an AAU wrestler, which is where they were heading Saturday morning,” Elsberry said.
“As soon as the ambulance stopped I jumped out and checked on the passengers in the vehicle,” Parkston Police Chief Corrinna Wagner said.
First responders in Parkston are also haunted by the deadly crash.
“It affects us all, some of us it affects more than others,” Wagner said.
Chief Wagner became an EMT and police officer after losing her own 7-year-old son in a 1999 crash.
“It’s hard. It brings back memories of my child being killed and knowing the families themselves how much it's going to hurt,” Wagner said.
This crash leaves behind two older brothers who now have the incredibly difficult task of burying their parents and young brother. There is a Go Fund Me page set up to help the two older Johnson brothers pay for their funeral expenses.
The funeral for Dan, Tina, and Zach Johnson will be held in the Bon Homme school gymnasium this Saturday.