ST AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- It's a road many young people say they drive on daily, County Road 208. But Thursday, they gathered at the spot on the side of the road where two of their friends' lives were cut tragically short.
"It just doesn't make any sense," Josh Chaney told Action News with tears in his eyes.
Heartbroken and speechless, Chaney and Alex Mcdade bowed their heads at the site where an SUV full of their friends wrecked early Thursday morning. Two people were killed including Alyssa Nearbin.
"I've known her since kindergarten my whole life pretty much," Alex McDade said.
For these boys, and for Nearbin's family, this is the second tragedy in as many months. Two months ago, almost to the day, Nearbin's cousin Ryan Ford was killed after a fight broke out at a bonfire.
"It's something that's kind of hard to swallow, you know?" said McDade.
A friend of the family tells Action News Ford and Nearbin had been very close. We found a tribute to him she'd left on her Facebook page saying in part, "losing you is something I'll never be able to get over."
"My prayers go out to them. I wish there was something I could do to change things," said Chaney.
And sitting with the silence of a busy road, they said goodbye. A farewell coming too soon after the last.
"Sucks that people are just trying to have a good time and their lives get taken away from them. They were really good people," Chaney said.
Nearbin's family tells Action News they aren't ready to make a comment. Meanwhile friends continue stopping by laying flowers and paying respects.
Joey Stevens also was killed from his injuries. We've checked with the hospital on the other three victims. The driver, Hossten Bishop suffered minor injuries. Dylan Clifton and Erin Aderhold remain in critical condition.
Police are still investigating the crash and working to determine if alcohol was a factor. Friends say the group had been out celebrating Nearbin's birthday. She turned 20 years old the day before.