LIVERMORE - Friends and family of a Humboldt teen killed in an automobile accident early Saturday morning say they will remember him as a person of good character who enjoyed time with his friends.
Cody Schachtner, 18, and Joshua Naeve, 19, both of Humboldt, died in the crash which occurred around 1:45 a.m. Saturday east of Livermore. They were passengers in a 2003 Chevrolet Impala being driven by Cody Weisbrich. According to a report from the Iowa State Patrol, Weisbrich apparently lost control of the vehicle, which dropped off the east side of the roadway. Weisbrich apparently overcorrected and rolled the vehicle over onto the roadway, where it slid to a stop on its roof.
A group of family and friends gathered at the site of the crash, just south of the intersection of 130th Street and Rose Avenue in rural Humboldt County Sunday afternoon to remember Schachtner and Naeve. A small memorial of flowers had been placed near where the vehicle came to a stop in the east ditch.
-Messenger photo by Emilie Nelson-Jenson
A small memorial of flowers has gone up alongside the road on Rose Avenue south of the intersection of 130th Street in rural Humboldt County in memory of Cody Schachtner and Joshua Naeve, who died as a result of an automobile accident at the site early Saturday morning.
"He was just a person of good character," said Drake Russell, a friend of Schachtner's for more than 10 years. "He'd just gotten back recently from a trip to Florida and was going to start at Iowa State this week."
Russell said Schachtner, Naeve, Weisbrich, and two additional passengers in the vehicle, Landon Nokleby, 19, and Tyler Zaugg, 19, were all college bound to Iowa State University where classes begin this week.
Nokleby was taken by air ambulance to Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines, where he remained Sunday, according to Russell. Weisbrich and Zaugg were treated and released from Humboldt County Memorial Hospital Saturday.
Kyle Egdorf, Schachtner's stepbrother, said Schachtner had a sense of humor and was always cracking jokes.
"He's been part of my life since I was 4 years old," said Egdorf. "He was an awesome brother to me, I wish I had more time to spend with him."
Egdorf and Russell were also acquainted with Naeve, a 2013 graduate of Humboldt High School who enjoyed trapshooting with the Humboldt High School Trap Team, Egdorf said.
The collision investigation is being conducted by Trooper Mark Anderson, a reconstructionist with the Iowa State Patrol.
According to Lt. Kelly Hindman, ISP District 7 commander, "It will be a few weeks before chemical testing is completed."
Funeral services for Schachtner and Naeve are pending with the Mason-Lindhart Funeral Home in Humboldt.