Brentwood college student dies during spring break road trip - WKRN News 2

Brentwood college student dies during spring break road trip

Posted: Updated: March 5, 2012 3:07 PM CST
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

A young college student from Brentwood was killed over the weekend while traveling from Arkansas to Texas for a spring break trip.

Eighteen-year-old Ty Osman, a 2011 graduate of Brentwood High School and freshman at Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas, died following a chain-reaction car collision on Interstate 30 near Hooks, Texas.

The accident happened Friday night when members of Osman's caravan were rear ended on the highway after a vehicle in front of them slowed for construction.

Police said Osman got out of his truck to make sure his friends were okay when a passing truck hit the teen's vehicle, sending it into him.

Osman sustained three broken ribs in the accident, which resulted in a pierced liver and spleen and collapsed lung.  He was airlifted to a nearby hospital where he died Saturday night.

Following the accident, friends created a blog called Praying for Ty to share updates on the teen's progress.

A blog post on Sunday morning confirmed his death.

Osman grew up in Brentwood and ran track for Brentwood High School.

"News like this is obviously shocking and it is a great loss because not every student can be tagged an ambassador to your school and there's no doubt that Ty Osman could be tagged an ambassador for Brentwood High School," Athletic Director Ronnie Seigenthaler told Nashville's News 2.

He continued, "His moral compass always pointed in the right direction.  You could count on to doing the right things and leading other students to do the right things."

When he wasn't running hurdles for Brentwood's track team, Osman was heavily involved in his youth group at Woodmont Hills Church of Christ.

"In our guidance office, they're putting a large sign for students to express whatever they want to on the sign and we'll take that sign and give it to the parents," Seigenthaler added.

Ty had made his wishes known to be an organ donor and his family is honoring that request.

Brentwood's track team is making t-shirts that say, "In Memory of Ty."

Visitation for Osman is scheduled for Thursday at the Woodmont Hills Church of Christ in Nashville.

His funeral will be held Friday at the church at 11 a.m.

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