Hanover crash leaves 2 dead including Lee-Davis High senior

Hanover crash leaves 2 dead including Lee-Davis High senior
Published: Apr. 24, 2016 at 1:23 PM EDT|Updated: Apr. 28, 2016 at 5:18 PM EDT
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HANOVER, VA (WWBT) - Deputies are investigating a double fatal accident in Hanover that killed a Lee-Davis High School student, and alum.

Deputies say around 10:36 p.m. Saturday, a 2001 4-door Dodge Ram pick-up truck ran off the road and hit a tree in the 6000 block of Cold Harbor Road. Two passengers, 17-year-old Dylan Ballard and 22-year-old Elliott Hinton, both from Mechanicsville, were pronounced dead at the scene, deputies say. Investigators confirm Ballard was a senior at Lee-Davis High School.

According to deputies, the driver and three additional passengers were seriously injured and transported to VCU Medical Center for treatment. Investigators continue to evaluate evidence in an effort to determine all factors leading up to this incident. A man who lives off of Cold Harbor road, says he called 911 and watched in shock as helicopters flew in to transport the victims.

On Sunday, Ballard's friends set up a memorial at the crash site. Ballard was a member of the Lee Davis High School football team, and friends say he loved fishing, mudding and one day hoped to be an electrician. They describe Ballard as the class clown. "He was always in a good mood. He had a vibe we would give off. He was just an amazing person to be around. Doesn't matter if you are having a bad day or a good day, He'd cheer you up," said Austin Boikin.

Elliot Hinton graduated from Lee-Davis in 2011.

On Sunday evening, hundreds of friends of both young men gathered the Lee Davis High football field for a vigil in their memory.

Chase Carter, a teammate of Ballard's who was also friends with Hinton, says the 22-year-old was always smiling. "He was always happy. I've never seen Elliot in a bad mood in my entire life."

Hanover Schools Superintendent Dr. Michael Gill issued a statement:

"We are heartbroken to learn of the tragic deaths of Dylan Ballard and Elliott Hinton, and we extend our deepest sympathy to their family and friends.  We will continue to keep them in our thoughts and prayers, along with the remaining individuals who were seriously injured in this crash.  In addition, extra support will be provided to students as they return to school on Monday and begin dealing with this incredibly tragic situation."

Anyone who may have information relating to this investigation is asked to contact the Hanover County Sheriff's Office at (804) 365-6140.

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