• Friends discuss events leading up to wreck that killed coach

    By: Tina Terry


    ROWAN COUNTY, N.C. - Troopers spent a second day investigating a crash that killed a beloved high school football coach. Reporter Tina Terry spoke to friends and students at West Rowan High school about what happened to him before the accident.

    Darrell Misenheimer, 57, crashed into a tree Tuesday in Salisbury.

    Friends said he'd just finished his morning school bus route but he wasn't feeling well so he left to go home.
    Minutes later, he was involved in the deadly crash that has devastated so many at the school.

    For the past 14 years when West Rowan High School's football team won, Misenheimer was part of it.
    Head coach Scott Young said Misenheimer helped with coaching the team that led to several championships.
    He was also a custodian, bus driver and a constant encouragement to dozens of students.
    Highway troopers said Misenheimer was headed south on Sherills Ford Road when he veered off the road, hit a mailbox, overcorrected and rolled into a tree.
    Neighbors said he died on the scene.
    Friends said Misenheimer's wife also works at the school and everyone is reaching out to the family and remembering the man they say can never be replaced.
    Friends said Misenhimer was also a high school football star. He played at East Rowan High School and then went onto to play at Clemson University.

    The crash is under investigation.

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