CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- For the second time in two months, a Riverside High School student has been killed in a vehicle crash.
Colin Qualls, 16, of Glasgow, died shortly after midnight Friday on Hughes Creek Road. Four other teenagers in the car, some of whom also are Riverside students, were hospitalized, according to the West Virginia State Police.
Alcohol played a role in the crash, according to State Police spokesman Sgt. Michael Baylous.
The car went through a fence, took out a gas line and struck concrete steps at 5211 Hughes Creek Road. Arthur and Dianna Tucker, who live there, found Qualls' body in a neighbor's yard.
Dustin Burkhardt, 18, of London, was driving the car, Baylous said. No criminal charges had been filed as of Friday evening.
On Friday, Burkhardt posted on his Facebook page, "It should've been me. Truly will never be able to live with myself."
In May, another Riverside student, Patrick Petry, 16, died in a dirt-bike crash.
"My school comes together as a big family when things like this happen," said Gracie Keenan, an upcoming sophomore at Riverside High.
Riverside High Principal Valerie Harper could not be reached Friday.
Keenan, who said she was Qualls' longtime friend, called him "the sweetest, funniest person I had ever met.
"He helped all of his friends whenever they had problems and was always there for me when I needed him," she said.
Qualls' aunt, Holly Mullins of Marmet, said he was "a special boy" and one of a kind.