LEBANON, Ind. - Students and staff from Western Boone Community Schools are grieving the loss of a classmate and a recent graduate after a deadly crash over the weekend.
Boone County sheriff’s deputies are investigating the head-on crash that killed Jacob Shockley, 18, and Richard Penny Jr., 18, on Sunday morning.
Authorities spent Monday morning reconstructing the scene and picking up the pieces to try to figure out exactly what happened leading up to the fatal crash.
In a rural area southwest of Mechanicsburg, flowers, signs and two wooden crosses marked the spot where the two teens died.
Skid marks showed where the blue Honda Civic crossed the center line on County Road 800 North before it slammed into a tree.
Penny graduated from Western Boone Junior/Senior High School in May. Shockley was a senior at the same school.
"Western Boone is not a huge school, so we are family, and we know everyone around and the families and such. So, to lose one of your students, that's tough," Superintendent Judi Hendrix said.
Hendrix said Shockley was enrolled in the automotive vocational program and had a passion for fixing cars.
"He loved cars, he loved the automotive program. So when we think of him, that's something we remember he was a part of," Hendrix said.
The school is working with the sheriff’s office and a mental health agency to offer grief counseling.
Shockley’s co-workers at the Taco Bell in Lebanon are remembering him in their own way with a sign that hangs near Interstate 65.
Neighbors said they heard the crash, but couldn’t find the car until morning.
UPDATE: Boone County sheriff's authorities said Tuesday the cause of death for both young men was blunt force trauma, and that they were both wearing seat belts. Investigators said they determined excessive speed was a factor in the wreck, with the car going roughly 65 miles per hour in a 40-miles-per-hour zone.
Visitation for both Shockley and Penny runs from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Myers Mortuary in Lebanon on Thursday.
Funeral services for both men are scheduled for 2 p.m. at the Lebanon Christian Church on Thursday.