"I saw pictures and stuff buts it's way different for you to come out here and see the story of how it all happened," said Cody Bruns, a schoolmate of Aldrich. "It brings a realization that this situation really did happen compared to you just hearing about it."
Troopers said speed was a factor in the crash, and that it appeared Brown was going at about 70 mph in a 55 mph zone. They also said Brown was driving under a provisional license, which restricts him from driving between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. Troopers say the crash happened at 4:15 a.m. and that Brown will most likely face charges.
Students at White Oak tells us Brown was back in school on Monday.
Russo and Beaufort-Jimniez are still being treated at New Hanover hospital, according to medical officials.
Students at White Oak say they organized to wear blue on Monday in honor of Aldrich. His friends say blue was his favorite color.
"In high school there are so many groups and everybody's separated," said Bailey Bruns, a friend of Aldrich."It was nice to see everybody come together when something tragic like this happens. It's really wonderful. Everybody's upset, but it helps."
Those wishing to donate in Aldrich's honor may contact Shriners Hospitals for Children, at 950 W. Faris Street, Greenville, SC 29605.
Condolences may be left at jonesfh.org.
A crisis team has been sent to an Onslow County high school to help students cope with a crash that killed one of their peers and injured three others.
According to the Highway Patrol, 17-year-old Marquice Brown, of Jacksonville, was driving a 2007 Hyundai Santa Fe with three passengers on Rocky Run Road, east of Jacksonville. But Brown ran off the road at about 4:15 a.m. Sunday, troopers said.
The SUV went airborne and over a creek, according to investigators. The vehicle's front passenger side then slammed into a tree on the other side of the creek.
Troopers said that impact killed 15-year-old Zachary Aldrich (pictured).
Brown and the two other passengers --Charles Russo, and Taliesin Beaufort-Jiminez, both 15-- suffered non life-threatening injuries and were taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center, said investigators. Brown has since been released, and both Russo and Jiminez were in fair condition as of Monday afternoon.
Troopers said speed was a factor in the crash, and that it appeared Brown was going at about 70 mph in a 55 mph zone. They also said Brown was driving under a provisional license, which restricts him from driving between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m.
Troopers said they plan to charge Brown in the crash, and are working with the District Attorney's Office.
School officials said all four teens in the vehicle attend White Oak High School. A crisis team has been sent to the school to help students cope with the fatal wreck.
"These kinds of tragedies hit hard, and so it's very important to give all students the opportunity who need it to express their feelings," said Suzie Ulbrich, public information officer for Onslow County Schools.
According to troopers, it appeared the four teens had said they were spending the night at one of their homes. But investigators said they didn't know why the teens were out so early in the morning. Aldrich's father reportedly told troopers he didn't know his son was with the other teens, said investigators.