Three Chopt Road accident victim laid to rest

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - A teenager killed in a horrific crash last week off Three Chopt Road was laid to rest Sunday.

19-year-old Jeffrey Meadows died after he lost control of the SUV he was driving and hit a tree, early Monday morning.

Friends and family filed into St. Stephen's Episcopal Church on the West End to lay Jeff to rest.

His funeral was only half a mile from the site of the horrific crash that eventually took his life and sent several others to the hospital.

James Dean says he was good friends with Jeff after they took a class together.

"I would always kid him," Dean said.  "He always slept a lot so I'd make it a point to sit beside him and poke him, wake him up and make sure he was trying to get whatever he was needing to hear. I'm sorry to see him go."

Jeff lost control of the Chevy Suburban he was driving around 1 a.m. last Monday. The SUV spun around, eventually went airborne and hit a tree before coming to a stop.

Jeff and another teenager in the SUV weren't wearing seatbelts and were rushed to the hospital. Two other passengers inside were wearing seatbelts and had only minor injuries.

Seeing Jeff finally laid to rest made his passing finally sink in for many of his family and friends.

"Funerals are often somber occasions," Dean said. "To hear his mom talk about all the joyous times and he was speaking out, listening to rap music on his dad's radio or yelling boo from behind the closet, it makes you think about the way he smiled or the way his hair was done or the way he wore his hat and it took the focus off of him being gone."

Now his friends say they're trying to find the good in such a terrible accident.

"I hope Jeff is doing well," he said.  "I know he's in a better place. There's a big plan for all of us."

The accident happened on an S-curve on Three Chopt Road that some neighbors say can be dangerous. Police say speed was likely a factor in this accident.

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