Just a few hours after graduating high school, Chance Werner, 18, of Cartersville, Georgia, died after a game he and his friends were playing went terribly wrong.
Werner and several of his friends were hanging out at Lake Allatoona, which is approximately 35 northwest of Atlanta, when they decided to play a game. A grocery cart was tied to a pole and each boy got in the cart and was pushed by the other boys to the end of the dock, where they were then flung into the water.
However, when it was Chance’s turn, the cart was tied to him rather than the pole. When Werner was pushed to the end of the dock, the weight of the cart pulled him under. It wasn’t until Sunday morning that Chance’s body was found, still tied to the cart, submerged in 30 feet of water.
According to Georgia Department of Natural Resources spokeswoman Melissa Cummings, the authorities are currently calling the death a tragic accident, and are continuing to investigate. They do not expect any foul play.
“We don’t want people playing games with water like this,” Cummings said. “It’s an accident waiting to happen — kids playing with ropes and heavy objects.”
Chance was the father to an 8-month-old baby boy, and was taking online classes to gain his high school diploma. Chance also worked five days a week, while going to school, to support his son. “He was a big boy, had a big heart,” Chance’s father Fred Werner said.
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