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Georgia Teen Drowns In Lake During Game Gone Wrong

Georgia Teen Drowns In Lake During Game Gone Wrong

Just hours after graduating high school, a Georgia teen died while playing a dangerous game with friends, this according to police.

WGCL reports "Eighteen-year old Chance Werner drowned Sunday. Officials say he was with a group of teens playing a game with a grocery cart at the lake at the time. The teens had tied the cart to a pole, then took turns pushing each other into the lake."

WXIA reports that witnesses told authorities, when it was Werner's turn to play, the cart was tied to the teen instead of a pole. The weight of the cart pulled him under, and he never came back to the surface.

Police told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Werner was playing the game with several other teens and an adult at Lake Allatoona late Saturday night. Witnesses told the paper he had graduated from high school earlier that day.

Werner's family says he was also a doting father to his 8-month-old son. WAGA reports he took classes online to complete his education and worked five days a week to support him.

Authorities say they were able to recover the teen's body early Sunday, which was submerged in nearly 30 feet of water and still tied to the shopping cart. Werner's family says they wish they knew what led to this tragic accident.

"It's a tragic thing; that little time period where the rope got put onto him and where he got into the water is still a very gray area. We have no answers for that yet."

Werner's father told reporters he thinks his son might have been drinking right before he died, but that has yet to be confirmed by authorities. The family is now reportedly focusing on raising money for the teen's funeral.

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gg0808 May 27 2014 at 8:29 AM

Just look no further than the stupid reality shows on TV that impress these kids at a young age. Instead of good parental guidance these days, kids get their guidance from stupidity.
And a father at age 17 ??? Obviously, this kid was irresponsible in a lot of ways. Such a shame...but lets put the blame where it belongs, on the parents ...it starts at home folks with responsible parenting.

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kevinrd87 May 27 2014 at 8:18 AM

Sounds like a case of too much MTV. Teen father/"Teen mom" and a side of Jackass.... 2 shows describe this teen from what I read.

RIP none the less to him and best wishes to the family for their loss

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BroPower May 27 2014 at 9:32 AM

The stupid kids family wondered what happened!
What happened..?
Gee, I wish I knew...
Sorry for all involved but that was very/deadly stupid.

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telvis May 27 2014 at 8:55 AM

" Werner's family says they wish they knew what led to this tragic accident."
Stupidity would be a good place to start. Now that little boy won't have a dad and that is truly sad.

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clark May 27 2014 at 8:32 AM

somethings are just to dumb to talk about...Gods way of thinning out the herd.....

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Wayne Wolfson May 27 2014 at 8:33 AM

Sorry for the family but when someone does something stupid and it bites them on the ass, is it an accident. Also, wasn't he a little old for doing something so foolish anyways.

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Mike May 27 2014 at 8:24 AM

Thank you Darwin.

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soothsayertroll Mike May 27 2014 at 12:29 PM

The article said he had a son. So unfortunately, he already bred.

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phpoling May 27 2014 at 8:20 AM

What's wrong with those so called friends?? Such avoidable death but it's too late

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jpfmtka May 27 2014 at 4:05 PM

I live in Georgia. There are two groups of population, the indigenous locals ( gun toting, bible thumping, pump out kids without income morons, always Republican ) and the educated, academic transplants (usually democratic) who contribute to the economy with homeownership, steady employment, contributions to the community and children who attend college with hope for the future.

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dnsweetman6969 May 27 2014 at 5:10 PM

Now some politician will introduce a bill to make shopping carts float.

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