LIVERMORE, Calif. - Heartbreak in one East Bay community after 6 high school friends were involved in a serious car crash late Friday night.
One of the teens died, the other five were hurt. The CHP said some of the passengers were ejected and had to be airlifted to the hospital.
The crash happened on Del Valle Road near Mines Road around 11:20 p.m. Friday.
The group was in a pickup truck. The vehicle left the road for unknown reasons, and rolled down a steep embankment several times.
Friends left flowers where the car went off the road.
Joel Cook said his neighbor was killed in the crash. "He's just a super good kid. Always positive. I road dirt bikes with him," said Cook.
Hundreds gathered on the high school football field in the evening to pray and offer comfort to the grieving families.
The wrestling team remembered their teammate as a great friend who was always eager to learn.
"He worked hard but he was fun and he always made me and everyone else on the team laugh. Great person to be around," said one of the members of the wrestling team.
In an email sent to the school community, Superintendent of the Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District Dr. Kelly Bowers wrote, "No words can express our collective sadness and grief at this tragic news. Our hearts go out to this young man's loved ones and our entire school community. We are all understandably grieving this tragic loss of young life. In this difficult aftermath, we are sending hope and strength for a full recovery to our other injured students involved and their families."
Crisis support teams will be available for both students and staff.
The cause of the crash is under investigation.