CAROLINE COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — Two teenage brothers from Ruther Glen, Virginia were killed Thursday in a single-vehicle crash in Caroline County.
The crash happened at 7:12 a.m. on Lady Smith Road (Route 639), about a quarter mile west of County Line Church Road.
Virginia State Police say a 2003 Jeep Liberty was traveling west on Rt. 639 when it ran off the road to the right and struck two trees.
The driver of the 2003 Jeep, 18-year-old Ian D. Brown, died at the scene. The passenger, 15-year-old Jalen Brown, died at the scene. Both teens were wearing a seat belt.
The brothers were students at Spotsylvania Hih School, Jalen a senior and Ian a sophomore. Counselors were on the school’s campus Thursay to help students process the news. On Twitter, students used the hashtag #uKNIGHTed to share memories of Jalen and Ian.
“I think it broke the whole schools heart,” said classmate Julie Cline. “You could just see people sitting in the hallways crying. Everyone loved both of them.”
Students described both teenagers as loving guys who could light up a room.
“Ian didn’t go the whole day without making someone laugh,” Cline told 8 News. Jalen was a cross country athlete.
“He was a record breaker- a record holder,” said friend Cole Moriarty. “Hopefully those stand for a while, because Jalen deserves them.”
Those classmates also sent their thoughts and prayers to the Brown family.
Between the trees where the brothers’ vehicle crashed, friends and loved ones left gifts, crosses, and flowers in tribute to Jalen and Ian.
“The way this community has come together for these kids is unreal,” said Moriarty, who drove three hours home from college to say goodbye to his friends.
“They really were the faces of Spotsylvania High School,” Moriarty said.
Students also held a private vigil for Jalen and Ian Thursday night on Spotsylvania High’s campus.
8News reporter Matt McClellan is following this developing story. Stay with 8News for updates.