Georgia College Accident Victims Identified

6:42 PM, Sep 22, 2011   |    comments
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Two Georgia College students died and two more were injured in a wreck Thursday morning, according to the Baldwin County coroner.

Assistant coroner Kent Mathias said the accident happened on North Columbia Street near the railroad tracks. He said the two were pronounced dead around 1:45 a.m.

Police Chief Woodrow Blue said their vehicle was headed south on North Columbia when they hit the tracks and went airborne, striking a tree.

He said they don't believe alcohol was a factor, but they're investigating whether weather contributed to the wreck.

Some students on the Georgia College campus walked to class with heavy hearts, after finding out two classmates died early Thursday morning.

"One of their roommates who wasn't in the car with them stopped me and said, 'Heather I need to tell you something.' He sat me down and he told me that Johnny and Delor didn't make it and Tyler and Christian were in the hospital," said fellow freshman Heather Wilson.

She lived just down from the boys in Napier Hall and said the freshmen were inseparable.

"They were four best friends, like a package deal kind of thing," she said. "If you got one of them, you got all of them."

Mathias identified the victims as Alexander David Delor, 18 and John Joseph Harof, 18 who died on the scene. They were from Gwinnett County.

Tyler Zecker and Christian Smith were taken to the Medical Center of Central Georgia.

The news sent ripples through campus.

"Things like that don't usually happen around here, so it was kind of a shock," said sophomore Alex Dorner.

Freshman Logan Cook said, "It's definitely all over facebook and I'm starting to hear some people talk about it. I don't know it was just shock."

Some students say they know the area where the accident happened well.

Sophomore Peter O'Reilly said, "I did remember the other day going over it and I noticed that it was a large bump if you were going very fast and I think they need to put up sign that say slow down."

Wilson says it's been hard to cope with the tragedy.

"Devastating, shocking," she said. "I like didn't want to believe it. It was just weird to think they weren't going to be here anymore."

The two students taken to the Medical Center are listed in stable condition.

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