DAVIDSONVILLE, Md. - Three friends brought together for a birthday party would all suffer the same fate in a crash in the wee hours of the morning Saturday along Route 50 north of Davidsonville.
Minutes earlier, a series of callers had spotted the car traveling south in the northbound lanes of Interstate 97.
"I just, all the sudden, I saw these lights. They're like... Whoa! Wait a minute! They're on my side of the highway," one driver told the 911 Operator.
Somehow, the teens got on to Route 50, this time headed west in the eastbound lanes before hitting a BMW head on, killing 55-year old Terry Davis of Severna Park.
Soon after emergency responders came upon the twisted wreckage of the Chrysler Sebring, they learned the recent high school graduates had died on impact.
"He was just a great kid and lived life to the fullest," said one of the brothers of 18-year old Zach Rose, who graduated from Meade High School and had been growing his hair out to donate to cancer patients, "He was the nucleus of the family too. He kind of held us all together."
19-year old Brittany Walker, also a Meade High graduate, was a nursing student, and 18-year old Breanna Franco was a Severna Park High graduate.
Counselors helped students and teachers at both schools deal with the grief on Monday.
"When we're teenagers, we think nothing can affect us, but certainly tragic accidents like this do happen and we need to educate the community at large,” said Resource School Psychologist Nickolas Silvestri, “but also for those that are directly by the loss of any life, we want to get counseling there to help the students and the faculty deal with that."
Maryland State Police do not know if alcohol or speeding contributed to the crash.
They are still awaiting the results of toxicology tests on the victims.
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