UPDATE: Police Release Name of Hit and Run Driver, Vigil Planned for Pittsylvania Co. Teens Killed

Donovan Stone

UPDATE: Gretna High School started Monday morning with a moment of silence for two lives lost too soon. Students say it is hard to process the tragic accident on Level Run Road where their former classmates were killed.

"Starting school is never fun for anybody but when you have to start school knowing that somebody who is supposed to be there isn't going to be there, it just feels worse, because you don't want to go without them," said student Leah Brooks.

William Ward just graduated from Gretna High in the Spring. Donovan Stone was a rising 11th grader.Brooks says those closest to the teens have taken it the hardest - often times unable to hold back their tears.

"A lot of them, I think they are trying to stay as positive as they can, but you can tell that they're upset because their friend is gone, " said Brooks.

Principal Kenyon Scott says counselors have been on hand to help students cope.

"I will say that our students have done remarkably well in light of this loss, " Scott says.

Teachers who knew the teens say both were always smiling and had a passion for art.Now, faculty, students and recent graduates have come together to plan a candlelight vigil for Thursday night where they hope to have some of the victims' art on display.

As the investigation into the crash now goes to the Commonwealth's Attorney, Scott says the students at Gretna High will keep Stone and Ward's memory alive.

The vigil for Stone and Ward will be Thursday at 7:30 pm at the Gretna High School football field.


UPDATE: According to police, 33-year-old James Poe of Brookneal was the driver that collided with a car full of teenagers, killing two of them.

According to investigators, Poe fled to Lynchburg General Hospital where he was treated and released the next day. In a statement taken from Poe, police said he admitted to drinking alcohol on the night of the crash. No charges have been filed yet. The case has now been turned over to the Pittsylvania County Commonwealth's Attorney.---------UPDATE: State Police say they have located a driver they believe left the scene of a deadly crash in Pittsylvania County this weekend.Investigators say that man was located at Lynchburg General Hospital and officers took a statement from him. Police do believe speed and alcohol were factors when the two cars collided on Level Run Road Sunday afternoon killing 17 year old Donovan Stone and 18 year old William Ward. No charges have been filed.----------Update: Pittsylvania Co., VA - State Police believe that speed and alcohol were factors for a driver that collided head-on with a car full of teenagers, killing two of them. William Ward, 18, and Donovan Stone, 17, were pronounced dead Sunday night after the collision on Level Run Road in Hurt. Two other juveniles riding in the vehicle with Ward and Stone were transported to Lynchburg General with minor injuries. Police say the second vehicle involved caught on fire. That's when the driver left his car and fled the scene on foot.Investigators are now searching for a 33-year-old Campbell County resident who may be a suspect. In the meantime, the families and residents of northern Pittsylvania County are trying to cope with this tragedy."It's tragic to lose a life at any age but these young men were just beginning their lives and now it's been tragically taken," said Trooper William Davis.On Monday, family members placed crosses and flowers at the scene. Students at Gretna High School, where both teens had been enrolled at some point, took to Facebook to say their goodbyes to Stone and Ward. If you have any information on the accident, contact State Police.--------Pittsylvania Co., VA - State Police are looking for the driver of one of two vehicles involved in a fatal accident in Pittsylvania County. Troopers were called to Level Run Road near the Dews Road intersection Sunday at around 9-30 p.m...They say two men were killed in a head-on collision.Two juveniles were taken to Lynchburg General Hospital.There's no word on their conditions.Police say the driver of one of the vehicles ran off.They're asking anyone with information to give them a call.
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