Zachary Ian Parsons was killed in a car accident Monday in Franklin County.

Zachary Ian Parsons was killed in a car accident Monday in Franklin County. (Provided)

Police have identified a boy killed in a Franklin County crash on Monday.

UPDATED 5 p.m. Tuesday:


Zachary Ian Parsons was 17 and a student at Franklin County High School.

The car Zachary Parsons was in came to rest off of Route 122 or Booker T. Washington Highway, where investigators say Parsons was the front seat passenger.

Three other kids in the car were taken to the hospital.

This all happened just before four p.m. Monday  afternoon.

Police say a 17-year-old girl was driving north on 122 and lost control of her car.

Parsons was in the front, while two other boys from Franklin County High School were in the back.

Students from the school are rallying around their classmates and even organized a gathering first thing this morning.

"Our students are pretty amazing themselves," Franklin County High School principal Debora Decker said. "When tragedy strikes as it has over the last couple years, our students rally around each other and provide support for each other and the families of those going through the tragedies."

Investigators say the teen driver hit two other vehicles when she crossed the center line.

One of those drivers, 26-year-old Jonathan Hall of Glade Hill was also taken to the hospital.
   
No word on Hall or the other teens' conditions.

Investigators say the 17-year-old driver was speeding at the time of the crash.
Police have identified a boy killed in a Franklin County crash on Monday.

Zachary Ian Parsons was 17 and a student at Franklin County High School.

The car Zachary Parsons was in came to rest off of Route 122 or Booker T. Washington Highway, where investigators say Parsons was the front seat passenger.

Three other kids in the car were taken to the hospital.

This all happened just before four p.m. Monday  afternoon.

Police say a 17-year-old girl was driving north on 122 and lost control of her car.

Parsons was in the front, while two other boys from Franklin County High School were in the back.

Students from the school are rallying around their classmates and even organized a gathering first thing this morning.

"Our students are pretty amazing themselves," Franklin County High School principal Debora Decker said. "When tragedy strikes as it has over the last couple years, our students rally around each other and provide support for each other and the families of those going through the tragedies."

Investigators say the teen driver hit two other vehicles when she crossed the center line.

One of those drivers, 26-year-old Jonathan Hall of Glade Hill was also taken to the hospital.
   
No word on Hall or the other teens' conditions.

Investigators say the 17-year-old driver was speeding at the time of the crash.

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State troopers confirmed that Zachary Ian Parsons was killed in Monday's crash in Franklin County.  Parsons was 17 years old.

UPDATED by Susan Bahorich at 12:50 p.m. Tuesday:

The principal of Franklin County High School says all four of the teens involved in Monday's crash are students at the school.  Debora Decker would not confirm the names of those students but said one was a senior and three were juniors.

Students at the school created an temporary shrine this morning, leaving flowers at the flag pole.

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UPDATED by Susan Bahorich at 12:00 p.m. Tuesday:

A teen is dead and a community is mourning after a car crash Monday afternoon.

The 17-year-old boy was a passenger in a car full of teens from Franklin County.

Already, Facebook pages are popping up in memory of the victims.

At this point, state police are only confirming one person was killed.

This all happened just before 4 p.m. Monday afternoon on Booker T. Washington Highway.

According to state police, a 2000 Mercury Cougar was heading north when its 17-year-old drive lost control.

Investigators say she crossed the center line and hit two oncoming vehicles before swerving off the road and hitting two parked cars.

The Cougar's front seat passenger -  a boy, was pronounced dead.

Two other teenage boys in that car were injured.

In all, three teens from the Cougar and a man from one of the other vehicle were taken to the hospital.

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Updated 11:30p.m. Monday:

Virginia State Police say Monday afternoon's crash on Route 122 near Rocky Mount claimed the life of a 17-year-old male.

The five-car wreck was on Route 122 near Route 40 at about 4:00 p.m. Monday.

State police tell NEWS7 a 17-year-old female was driving north when she lost control and went into the wrong lane, hitting several cars and eventually a building.

One of her passengers, a 17-year-old male from Boones Mill, died at the scene. Her remaining two passengers, also both 17 years old, were taken to a hospital along with the driver of a pick-up truck that was also hit in the crash.

Officers say the 17-year-old driver, from Wertz, was driving at a high rate of speed at the time of the crash.

Virginia State Police say they're still investigating.

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