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Rock Hill teen killed when car flips, strikes tree, police say

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Classmates and friends in Rock Hill are remembering a 16-year-old who died when he lost control of his car and struck a light pole and two trees.

Officials have identified the victim as Frankie Adams. He was a junior at Northwestern High School in Rock Hill.

Friends and classmates of Adams say everyone knew him here at Northwestern High School, that's why his death has touched many around campus on Friday.

"When you walk past students, all they're talking about is him and all of the devastation in our school is just terrible," said student Danielle Dease.

It was a somber mood, Friday, throughout the hallways of Northwestern as students heard the news about their Adams dying Thursday night after crashing his car.

"Our whole class didn't talk. All you could hear is some people crying in the back, but our whole class didn't talk at all. It was just dead silent," said Dease.

Police say Adams was getting off work at Zaxby's last around 11, Thursday night, when the teen lost control of his 1999 Acura RL in the 1800 block of Heckle Boulevard.

Officials say Adams ran off of the road striking a light pole and two trees. The teen was pronounced dead on scene.

"He sits right beside me and the fact that he wasn't going to be there is so weird," said Dease.

WBTV caught up with one of Adams' longtime friends who says the teen had a heart of gold and always kept others laughing.

"It was just like wow, this isn't supposed to be happening to a kid this age. He was a junior, he was going to graduate next year so it's just tragic," said Dylan Stewart.

Police believe speed and weather conditions at the time of the accident played a factor.

Now, this tightly knit student body will try to move forward without one of their brightest stars.

"He was a great kid and I'm really going to miss him," said Stewart.

Students and staff will honor Adams' memory at Friday's baseball game, as Northwestern takes on Rock Hill High School.

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