Two teens were involved in a crash, and one died in the accident. In a tragic twist, the friend who survived, a 17-year-old football player, decided to kill himself.
The two were best friends.
The police had responded to a single-vehicle crash that involved a rollover. They found the 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe on its side, and Tyreese Smith, 16, was under the vehicle, dead.
Authorities also found an 18-year-old passenger, Amalie Wendt, at the crime scene with severe injuries on her. She has already been released from the hospital.
The police concluded that the vehicle left the road and "rolled several times before coming to a rest in the field."
Smith was determined to have succumbed to mechanical asphyxia after suffering traumatic injuries. His death was ruled accidental by the coroner.
As the police were still working on the crime scene, they were called to a shooting at a residence about a mile away. That is where they found a 17-year-old dead from a "self-inflicted gunshot wound."
The teenager was later identified as Tyler Zook, and the police determined that he was also in the car that crashed when the accident happened.
The identity of the person who was driving at the time the accident happened is still unclear. However, the car belonged to Wendt's father.
Before his death, Smith had completed his sophomore year at Conestoga Valley Senior High School, and Zook was about to start his senior year.
Wendt had just graduated.
Zook and Smith were both on the university football team. They were described by Tyreese's mother as best of friends:
"Normally, you never saw one without the other. They were really funny. They were always goofing around and having fun."
In his obituary, Tyreese was described as being a playful person who liked to bring joy to others:
"He had an infectious smile that naturally attracted people to him."
Zook's obituary said he was "preceded in death by his best friend, Tyreese Smith, of Lancaster." According to those who knew him, the football field was his favorite place, and he loved spending time with his teammates on and off the pitch.
A GoFundMe page was launched to help cover the funeral costs of the two teenagers.