UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (WJLA) - A 17-year-old named Alex Cole was killed on Monday night in a two-vehicle crash in Upper Marlboro.
The pain is written across Cole's friends' faces, as they are are still grappling with the tragic accident that killed him and left three others in the car – including his twin brother, Aaron – injured.
"It's a struggle, but he was a good person. He always made me laugh," said Cole's best friend, Tygee Lawrence. "We played basketball together, we had memories. I'm going to miss him."
"I was real close with him. I was with him the night before," said Alicia Colson.
Prince George's County Police say the car Cole was traveling in with three buddies crossed into oncoming southbound traffic for unknown reasons, and crashed into another car. The collision occurred at about 7:10 p.m. at Ritchie Marlboro Road at Brown Road.
"It's hard to wrap my mind around it -- it just sucks," said Cole's friend, Akil Marshall.
Police say Cole was pronounced dead on the scene.
Carletta Marrow is the principal at Dr. Henry A. Wise Jr. High School in P.G. County. She knew the three teens and young adult in the car that lost control. One is a current student at the school, and the others, graduates.
"I actually woke up to the news this morning and was like really… another child," she said.
Marrow says her school is shaken by the tragedy far too often, as she has lost at least one student in a car wreck each of the four years she has worked there.
"It's difficult to come in and deal with your daily routine knowing that one more child is gone. Whether they're still here or whether they've graduated, they're still your children," she said.
Peers and classmates describe Alex Cole as having a 'lovable personality' and a 'jovial spirit.'
Authorities say speed may have been a factor in the collision.