Hopewell High student killed in Cornelius crash

Students at Hopewell High School mourn the loss of a classmate killed in a crash

A Hopewell High School student from Huntersville is dead after a Saturday night crash in Cornelius, police said Monday.

Andres Morales, the Hopewell student, was a passenger in a vehicle driven by Hough High student Grant Geis, who also lives in Huntersville, Cornelius police said.

The vehicle was traveling east on Bailey Road at 7:25 p.m. Saturday when Geis lost control and the rear of the vehicle hit a large tree, police said. The accident is still under investigation, but police said a preliminary investigation showed speed was a factor.

Morales was pronounced dead at Novant Huntersville. Geis is in critical condition at CMC Main, police said.