Cory Ward told his father to leave the door open for him Friday night because he was driving to Shelbyville to spend some time with him during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.
But, Ward, 17, never arrived.
The teen-ager, who lived with his mother in Louisville during the week, failed to show up at the home of his father, Bill Ward.
Shelby County Sheriff's Detective Jason Rice said the teen-ager apparently fell asleep at the wheel of his 1996 Volvo and crashed into a tree just past the Simpsonville exit on 1-64 east.
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