Community mourning loss of Triton teen killed in crash
KOSCIUSKO COUNTY, Ind. - The Kosciusko and Marshall County communities are reeling after 16-year-old Triton football standout Cameron Scarberry was killed in a tragic car crash Sunday. His 13-year-old brother, Jared, survived.
Scarberry’s mother says Jared told her they started fishtailing when their truck reached the gravel part of 650N, and Cameron lost control.
She says their truck ended up rolling less than a mile away from the intersection with 700W.
The Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department says Scarberry was traveling eastbound on 650 N when it looks like he overcorrected trying to avoid something in the roadway and skidded off the gravel road near 700 west.
A family is now shattered, like the glass on the side of the road.
“Life isn’t life without him,” said Cameron’s stepmom, Amber Stoneburner.
A team is now cracked, like the paint on the Triton High School goalpost.
“You can’t replace a player like Cameron,” said Triton football and wrestling coach, Ron Brown.
The tragic death of 16-year-old Triton football standout and wrestler Cameron Scarberry has left marks on all who knew him.
“It’s just shocking you know. My boy died right here,” said Cameron’s dad, Brian Stoneburner, staring at the spot where his son’s truck came to rest.
He lost control of the truck carrying him and his 13-year-old brother, Jared on 650N Sunday around one o’clock in the afternoon.
The family says they were in the process of moving, so the brothers were carrying a dresser in the back of the truck.
Cameron’s stepmom says when the truck rolled, a drawer from the dresser landed between Jared and his brother, shielding him from view.
Amber, who had to identify her stepson’s body, says she’s grateful his brother didn’t have to see him like that at least.
“I was at the house he was headed to, and I had just got off the phone with him just prior to the accident, so it’s just unreal,” said Cameron’s dad.
“To be quite honest, it’s pretty much as a coach my worst nightmare happening. You invest a lot of time with these kids, and they become part of your family, and when this happens, it’s devastating,” said Coach Brown.
He says Cameron was always on the field, leading them to victory against rival Culver just this past Friday.
“It really makes it feel that Friday night wasn’t that big of an accomplishment or anything because of what we lost,” said Brown.
“That’s all I’m doing looking at pictures, listening to songs that remind me of him,” said Brian.
Cameron’s stepmom is holding onto one song in particular—one her friend wrote for her about Cameron a few years back.
“He always wanted to make people laugh. He wanted people to know that they were loved and they were cared for,” said Amber.
“He had a lot of things to look forward to, and he was really making something out of himself,” said Coach Brown.
Cameron’s friends and family hope everyone internalizes that drive that pushed Cameron every day.
“Put your heart into everything you do. Give it your all. That’s what he did, so I think that if people can take that away from his life, then that’s him living on,” said Cameron’s dad.
Cameron’s mother, Miranda Moore-Scarberry, says he was just eight days away from turning 17.
Cameron is survived by three siblings, two 11-year-old sisters, Maggi and Lily, and his 13-year-old brother, Jared.
She says she thinks there should be a sign on the road warning drivers of the loose gravel.
As of Monday afternoon, she says Jared has been released from the hospital and is recovering at home.