Friends of the 18-year-old victim of a fatal hit-and-run crash took time to remember him on Sunday. Officials have not released the victim's name, but friends and family say Timothy Sparks of Ozark died in a hospital after being hit by a car.
Police said Sparks was riding his bicycle on Highway NN in Ozark around midnight early Friday. The driver of the car was not at the scene when emergency crews arrived.
Sparks worked at Primas Mexican Grill with one of his good friends, Josh Storey. Storey said Sparks was incredibly well-liked and is mourned by many.
"It's really rough," Storey said. "To most of us, it's still really surreal. He had so much more to give, he had so much more to do."
Storey said that Sparks was one of the smartest people he had ever met, and was a straight-A honor student at Ozark High School. Storey said Sparks planned to attend the University of Chicago.
"Tim was probably the most intelligent young man you'll ever meet," Storey said. "He was critical, logical, he was incredible."
Storey said Sparks was creative, and the 18-year-old had already written a 500-page novel and a screenplay that the two of them hoped to film over the summer.
"He redefined the word diligence," Storey said.
Storey said Sparks was generous, too. Sparks and other friends donated groceries to people in need.
"We'd get groceries and we'd drive up into Springfield and go door-to-door giving them away," Storey said.
Ozark Police have not arrested anyone for the hit-and-run crash and the police chief has not released any details about the car or the possible driver who was involved.