Friends, family remember Hanover County crash victims

The accident has shaken the Lee-Davis community as students return to class Monday

HANOVER COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) – Hundreds gathered at Lee-Davis High School to remember senior Dylan Ballard.

“School is not going to be the same not seeing his face in the hallway and seeing that smile.” — Lee-Davis football teammate Bryce Hilliard.

Ballard was killed in an accident Saturday night on Cold Harbor Road in Mechanicsville along with Lee-Davis alum Elliot Hinton. A memorial stands on Cold Harbor Road where the deadly accident happened.

Four others were in the car and were seriously hurt.They are currently in critical but stable condition.

This accident has really shaken the Lee-Davis community: Three of the victims were seniors, two others were alumni. Students at Lee-Davis told 8News that walking down the halls at school on Monday just won’t be the same after the loss of Ballard and Hinton.

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“He was kind of like an angel in disguise in a way,” said Dylan Ballard’s Lee-Davis football teammate Bryce Hilliard.

Dylan Ballard played football at the high school, but his friends said its Ballard’s smile that they will remember the most.

A memorial stands on Cold Harbor Road where the deadly accident happened on Saturday night.
A memorial stands on Cold Harbor Road where the deadly accident happened on Saturday night.

“School is not going to be the same not seeing his face in the hallway and seeing that smile,” said teammate Bryce Hilliard.

Friends describe Dylan Ballard as an all-around great guy.

“He was kind of like an angel in disguise in a way,” said Hilliard. “He helped me with several different things in my life without him even knowing that he did. He’s just a great person.”

On Sunday, his teammates gathered on the field to remember No. 28. Through the tears, they could smile, remembering Ballard’s best quality: his laugh.

“You can’t put words to it,” said Jeb Boswell. “That was the best laugh I’ve ever heard and you can’t repeat it. I wish you could hear it.”

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This accident has really shaken the Lee-Davis community: Three of the victims were seniors, two others were alumni.

A football team that is so much more.

“We’re not just a team, we’re more than that, we’re family,” said Boswell.

That family is mourning so much more. Not just the death of two friends, but four more in critical condition.

“When I first seen it, I just really didn’t want to believe it at all,” said Malik Tejeda. “And then it just hit me knowing that all my friends were in that truck and there was nothing really I could do about it.”

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Dylan Ballard played football at Lee-Davis High School, but his friends said it was his smile that they will remember the most.

“We’re all just sharing stories about each other and remembering all the good times,” said classmate Robert Stimpson.

There is no word yet what could have caused the accident. Hanover County Sheriff’s Office said the four individuals injured are in critical but stable condition.

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