YORK COUNTY -- An 18-year-old man who was killed after crashing his vehicle into a tree in York County early Monday morning had just graduated from York High School on Friday.
The incident happened in the 300 block of Railway Road around 3 a.m., according to Virginia State Police spokesperson Sgt. Michelle Anaya.
The driver, identified as Jacob A. Martin, was traveling at a high rate of speed when he lost control and collided head on into the tree. His body was ejected from the vehicle upon impact.
Jacob Martin was known to his friends as Jake. Some of his friends were at the crash site collecting wreckage and things from the car to have a piece of him with them. Among the things they found: part of his sunglasses, and the high school sticker from his car.
"It's sad that he just got his diploma and this just happened," said Martin's friend, Erik Kistler.
Martin was not wearing a seat belt, Anaya said. It is currently unknown if alcohol was a factor.
"It's not good he wasn't wearing his seat belt is what I saw. Seat belts definitely do save lives. I always wear them no matter where I go," Kistler said. "A bunch of my friends that were very close to him are devastated."
Wesley Collier, another friend of Martin's said: "Don't take anything for granted. I figured I'd see Jake today or tomorrow or the next day."
She believes Jake was on his way home when the accident happened. He had been hanging out with friends, enjoying the end of the school year and graduation.
"He was always happy, always ready to have a good time," she said.
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