EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSTwo Teenagers Die In Head On Crash In Marmet
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Reported: Oct. 13, 2013 10:21 AM EDT
Updated: Oct. 14, 2013 4:43 PM EDT
Marmet , Kanawha County , West Virginia
Two teenagers are dead after a head-on collision along MacCorkle Avenue late Saturday night.
Both students went to Riverside High School, a school that's faced a lot of tragedy within just the past year.
Last school year, Patrick Petry died in an ATV accident and, just as classes started this year, Colin Quall died in a car wreck.
Now, after Saturday night's accident in Marmet, the school is mourning the loss of two more teens.
“Ah man, it hurts a little bit to talk about him,” Riverside Senior Tyler lively said. “Funniest guy I knew."
Fighting the back the tears, Lively remembers his friend Cody Perdue, a driver who was killed in the head-on crash.
"He's my best friend,” Lively said. “My first best friend I had in middle school."
Blake Huddleston, a senior at the school said he viewed Libely as “a brother.”
"I've known him all my life,” Huddleston said. “I've known him since I could walk. I don't remember a part of my life that I didn't know him, and where I wasn't close to Cody."
Just hours after the accident, Lively, Huddleston and Matt Romeo got the news their friend, Purdue, 17, and Kirsten Young, 16, and Mason Roush, 18, had been involved in the accident along W.Va. Route 61 between Marmet and Kanawha City.
Police said Young was taken to the hospital with serious injuries, but is expected to survive.
However, death is becoming all too familiar with these high school students.
“In the past, what, year?” Romeo said. “We've lost four kids. It's just crazy."
And, as the road leading to the school reads, no matter the hardships these Riverside Warriors will always respect and protect each other.
A Kanawha County community is dealing with the loss of two teenagers who died in a car crash in Marmet Saturday night.
The accident happened in the 7800 block of MacCorkle Avenue around 9:45 p.m..
Troopers say 18-year-old Mason Roush was driving a Ford F-150 southbound on Route 61 when he tried to pass a car. Roush then struck a Chevy S-10 head-on in the northbound lanes.
Roush and the teenager driving the Chevy S-10, 17-year-old Cody Perdue, both died. 16-year-old Kirsten Young, who was a passenger in the S-10, was taken to CAMC General with serious injuries, but is expected to survive.
Friends of the victims say all three of the teenagers were either current students or recent graduates of Riverside High School.
Troopers do not believe alcohol played a role in the crash.
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