Friends and family mourn teen killed in crash

Gage M. Edwards. Source: Manchester HS website
Gage M. Edwards. Source: Manchester HS website

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - Family and friends are mourning the death of a Chesterfield teenager killed in a car crash Thursday night. Police say 17-year-old Gage Edwards was behind the wheel when he lost control and hit another car on Qualla Road.

Edwards attended Manchester High School, where his classmates are remembering him.

His classmates say he was a bright student. We talked with one friend he tutored that finally saw she had a good grade in her physics class last night, only to see moments later the person who helped her get there had died.

Edwards' first day as a 17-year-old was also his last. Police say Edwards' died on scene of this horrific crash on Qualla Road Thursday night.

Christin Poole and Whitney Exum were two of Edwards' classmates at Manchester High School.

"He was smart," Poole said. "He always knew the right answers to everything. He helped me in physics class. He was just amazing. He was sweet."

Just last night Poole saw she finally had a passing grade.

"I saw that I had a B," Poole said. "Then I went on Facebook and I saw that Gage had passed away and it was all him. He was the one that made me get the B."

Three other people were injured in this crash. Right now police say all three are expected to survive.

Many students left the parking lot at Manchester High School Friday with messages to their former classmate painted on their cars.

Exum has known Edwards' since they were infants.

"I've known Gage since Kindergarten," Exum said. "He was my first crush actually."

She says this accident has been a wake-up call to a lot of her classmates.

"It's such a reality check," she said. "It makes you realize, you know, you think because we're teenagers you're going to live forever, but we're not. We're not invincible."

Now Poole says passing her physics class has taken on a whole new meaning.

"I'm going to try my hardest to pass this hard, physics class this year," Poole said. "I'm going to try my hardest. (Do it for him?) Yeah, for him."

Students say many of their classmates received excused absences and stayed home from school today. The school system is providing counselors and other support staff for anyone that needs it.

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