All four were seniors at the North Little Rock West Campus. They were in a caravan with about 30 people, including adults, about to start their spring break, but unfortunately that break has been cut short.
At about 4:15 a.m. Saturday morning Robert Johnson lost control of his SUV heading eastbound on US 78. The car swerved, hitting the bridge rail before rolling and submerging in an embankment in gum creek.
Seventeen-year-old Robert Johnson, his passengers 17-year-old Shea Lowe, 17-year-old Christopher Adams and 18-year-old Terrance Duckworth were pronounced dead at the scene.
Tracy Allen is the school principal. He says, "All four of these students will be greatly missed."
Saturday North Little Rock Police and faculty held a press conference.
Captain Mike Davis with the NLR police department explains, "Trooper Hall of Mississippi relayed the facts of what occurred and I want to make it perfectly clear that alcohol was not an issue in this, it was a group of seniors that were going to the beach."
A group of about 30 adults and teens were in the caravan, police tell us at least three of the teens parents witnessed the accident.
Allen says, "We're asking everyone please keep these families in your prayers. This will be an extremely hard times for the families and friends Terrance, Robert, Shea and Chris.
Principal Tracy Allen knew all four students. He chokes up and says, "It's tough, it's very tough because you get to know these kids, they become near and dear to your heart."
Allen continues, "Terrance Duckworth was a member of our football team, very outgoing young man. Both Shea and Chris were involved in our ladies and gentleman's club. All four of them were very involved with school activities; Robert Johnson was a member of our high school band."
Police confirm they were all wearing seat belts but because of the impact, they didn't have a chance. All four were set to graduate may 21st.
"We will have many great days ahead of us. This is undoubtedly the darkest day we've had in out school year this year, but we will move forward and we will bounce back," Allen concludes.
Because it is spring break some of the schools crisis counselors are on retreats, principal Allen asks any local church ministers to show up for grief counseling at 9 a.m. this Monday. Counseling will be available again for students, parents and faculty when school starts back.
The Mississippi troopers at the scene of the accident say they were so touched by this tragic accident they plan to attend memorial services for the teens.
Nearly 200 people showed up to a vigil at Burns Park Saturday. Some of the teens in attendance say they witnessed the car swerve off the road. To see that story click here, Classmates hold a vigil for 4 NLR teens killed in a single car crash.