MOUNT VERNON — “I was in a world of hurt for transportation,” said Dave Bayless, assessing the situation when his car became so thirsty for engine oil it went from using a quart every 500 miles to using a quart every 50 miles.
A cancer patient who lives near Amity, Bayless said he made several trips a week to to Mount Vernon for medical treatment as well as routine shopping.
A neighbor and true friend filled in by taking Bayless on his necessary trips while attemps were made to fix the vehicle. Low on funds, a friend suggested he contact the Auto Technology II class at the Knox County Career Center for assistance.
The class was able to accept his 2002 sedan, with 175,000 miles on the odometer, for repair. Four students took the assignment. Trae Sapp, Damion Dorsett, Madison Galena and Caleb Hite, who during the work, lost his life in a car accident. The students started work on the car during their class period the week before Thankgiving.