Former Eureka High student dies in Alabama dirtbike accident

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EUREKA, Ill. (WEEK) — A former Eureka High School student gave the gift of life to others on Wednesday after a dirt bike accident in Alabama over the weekend.

Damien Hymbaugh, 17, attended school in Eureka before moving to Cedar Bluff, Ala. On Sunday, Hymbaugh was involved in an accident that left him on life support with no brain activity. His family donated his organs on Wednesday.

WEIS Radio of Centre, Ala. reported that family and friends lined the hallway of the Intensive Care Unit for a moment of silence as Hymbaugh was taken to the operating room.

Hymbaugh’s grandparents live in Hopedale. His grandfather, Steve, remembered him yesterday in a Facebook post, shared here with permission.

“My grandson passed away today one of the saddest days in my life. But some good thoughts are he was with good friends doing what he loved riding bikes. We should all be so lucky when its our time. Although the phone call I got with the news that NO ONE wants to get I cant help to think of phone call some people get saying we have a donor. Damien’s mom and dad donated his organs. Gonna miss you Damien We all loved you!!”

There is no word on services.

Editor’s note: An earlier version of this article said Hymbaugh’s grandparents live in Eureka. They live in Hopedale. 

Tim Shelley

Tim Shelley

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