HENRICO, VA (WWBT) – Heartbreak in Henrico County tonight as students and teachers at Highland Springs High School mourn the loss of a 17-year-old. D'Shawn Lewis was hit by a car and killed last night as he crossed Nine Mile Road less than a mile from his school.
Students at Highland Springs called him D-Lewis. He died at the intersection of Nine Mile and Airport Road while he was walking home from school.
The backpack in the roadway. An instant clue to just how young he was. His classmates already circulating a tribute picture for D'Shawn Lewis, number 43 on the football field.
Friends say Lewis had just finished lifting weights with a few of teammates. He was hit while crossing Nine Mile- not far from his home.
Police say Lewis was wearing dark clothing and that the driver of the SUV told them she saw someone crossing the road, but could not stop in time.
Thursday morning Highland Springs was drowning in grief.
"The whole school itself is having a tough time. I think the football team is pulling together with their coach and grieving in a way that's best for them and that's supporting each other," said Mychael Dickerson, Henrico Schools Spokesperson.
Grief counselors and psychologist met with students- even teachers.
"Everybody's in there all upset. Crying… Hallways are quiet. Nothing but footsteps," said student Duane Haynes.
His teammates like defensive lineman Corey Ortiz nearly speechless...still in shock, still grieving for a young life ended way too soon.
"I'd say you my boy brother. I miss you a lot. I miss you. And graduation…The banquet. I think his birthday was coming up too... Everything. Messed up," Ortiz said.
Police are still investigating. They say alcohol and speed were not factors. Counselors and social workers were helping students and teachers all day. We're told D-Lewis was spontaneous, hysterically funny. Just a really good person.
Friends of D-Lewis tell us students are planning to gather next Monday at 8 in the morning at the school's flag pole to remember their fallen classmate.