Pendleton teen killed in accident while walking home with friends

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MADISON COUNTY, Ind. (April 16, 2015) – A teenager was hit by a car and killed while walking home with his friends. On Tuesday, Pierce Resler had just gone to a gas station was with three of his friends along State Road 13 in Madison County.  Sheriff’s deputies say 19-year-old Zach Moran hit and killed Resler.

Moran and Resler were friends. The Madison County Sheriff’s Office is still investigating the accident. So far no charges have been filed against Moran.

“I feel bad for the kid that was driving, that has to be traumatic for him,” said Jason Resler, Pierce’s dad.

Resler says he’s always thought the stretch where the accident happened was dangerous and that’s why he made Pierce ask for permission before walking to the gas station.

“For whatever reason he didn’t call and ask. Probably because he was with his friends and they were going to go regardless. So that was the first time he’s gone down there in a long time that I even knew of,” he said.

Resler says recently the section of the highway has gotten busier and several homeowners have voiced concerns about adding sidewalks.

“They widened the road, they changed the traffic pattern, they did everything up there except put a sidewalk in.”

Pierce was a seventh grader at Pendleton Heights Middle School. He wanted to be in the military when he grew up and was excited that he had just outgrown his dad.

Pierce’s dad is now doing what he can to make the street a safer one for his friends and the friends his son never had the chance to meet.

There is a GoFundMe page set up to help the Resler family. They plan to use some of the money to help push for sidewalks.  They also want to buy a plaque in Pierce’s memory to remind other kids to be careful.