Shortly after a dead and another injured teenager were found at the accident site, police were dispatched to a nearby shooting.
A 17-year-old football player from Lancaster, Pennsylvania took his life shortly after his best friend was killed in a car accident earlier that evening — and police have determined that both teens were involved in the accident.
In a press release, the East Lampeter Township Police Department Unveiled they were responding to a single-vehicle accident that rolled over at 12:13 p.m. on June 25. They found a 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe on its side and found a 16-year-old passenger, later identified as Tyreese Smith (Turn right), “under the vehicle, deceased.” An 18-year-old passenger, Amalie Wendt, was also at the scene and was treated for “serious injuries”. She has since been released from the hospital.
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According to police, it was determined that after leaving the roadway, “the vehicle then rolled several times before coming to a stop in the field.” Per local reportsSmith died of mechanical asphyxiation as a result of multiple traumatic injuries in the crash, and the coroner’s office ruled his death accidental.
While at the scene of the accident, police were dispatched to a shooting at 1:54 a.m. at a residence about a mile away, where they found a 17-year-old “died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound”. The teen was later identified as Tyler Zook (left) — and police have determined that he was also “an occupant of the Hyundai at the time of the crash”.
So far there are no details on who was driving at the time of the incident, but the car belonged to Wendt’s father.
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Smith had just completed his sophomore year at Conestoga Valley Senior High School, while Zook was heading into his senior year. Wendt had recently graduated, according to police. Zook and Smith were both on the varsity football team.
Speak with Lancaster Online, Smith’s mother described son Tyreese and Tyler as best friends. “Usually you never saw one without the other,” she told the publication. “They were really funny. They were always joking and having fun.”
Ty will be remembered for his playful personality and ability to make others happy,” he read obituary† “He had an infectious smile that naturally drew people to him. He was devoted to his family and will be remembered for his countless selfless acts.”
obituary of Zoo says he was “preceded in death by his best friend, Tyreese Smith, of Lancaster,” adding that “his favorite place to be was on the football field.” His obituary continued: “Tyler enjoyed spending time with his teammates both on and off the field. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing, spending time with family and being at the beach.”
GoFundMe pages have been launched to cover funeral costs for both Smith and zoo†
If you or someone you know is struggling with depression or has had thoughts about harming themselves or killing themselves, get help. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255) provides 24/7, free, confidential support for those in need.