HENDERSON, N.C. (WNCN) — Two Vance County teens were killed when their car crashed into a concrete embankment Saturday night, officials said.
William Newton, 17, and Christy Worley, 16, died in the crash along Allison Cooper Road near Henderson, according to Henderson police.
Worley was driving at the time and was traveling at a high rate of speed when coming around a curve on Allison Cooper Road, police said.
The driver lost control of the car and crashed into a concrete embankment at the end of a bridge, according to officers.
The car split in half during the crash, Henderson police said. By Sunday afternoon, pictures, crosses, and a makeshift memorial were set up at the crash scene.
Worley and Newton, who were dating each other, were students at Southern Vance High School, friends said.
Friends say Worley and Newton were crazy about each other.
“He’d always talk about his girlfriend. How they’d been together so long. He was so happy with her,” said Mason Bou, a senior at Southern Vance.
Those who knew Worley say she had a passion for music, cars and working hard.
“Everybody just loved her. She had the greatest smile. The greatest personality. She was an amazing girl and I’m very glad I spent the time I did with her,” said Brendon Parrish.
Worley, who recently received her driver’s license, was set to start her junior year and Newton would’ve graduated in June.
“When I heard about it I thought it was a joke. I went and looked on his page and everybody’s posting it and I realized, you know, it’s for real. I didn’t really know how to handle it,” Bou said.
The couple was heading home from a football jamboree that Newton, who was a member of the Southern Vance varsity football team, participated in on Saturday. Bou played in the football jamboree with Newton that day.
“I’m just hoping when we play this year he’ll be able to see us. I want him to be up there looking down on us and watching us play,” Bou said.
The Southern Vance Raiders have their first official game Friday.
Bou says this season that he’s playing for Newton.
“When I get on the field and I make my block and I snap my ball to the quarter back, the whole time I’m not gonna be doing it for the quarterback. I’m not gonna be doing it for the coaches. I’m gonna be doing it for Will because Will, I know he’d want us to play our hardest. He’d want us to win for him.”
Friends say they’ve emailed the school’s principal and are hoping to hold a memorial in the couple’s honor.
Newton’s funeral is planned for Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Crystal River Church of God with burial at Sunset Gardens.
Newton’s family will receive friends Tuesday from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Flowers Funeral Home, which is handling the arrangements.