BAUXITE, Ark. (KTHV) - Classmates said they're heartbroken after a Monday morning car accident took the life of one of their peers.
Zach Bynum was killed in a car accident during Bauxite High School's first day back from Christmas break. Bynum's classmates said they saw him that morning in class, but by the end of the school day, their fun loving best friend was gone.
"I still feel like I'm dreaming or it's not real, that I'm going to wake up, and he's going to be calling me telling me to come over to his house," said classmate Hunter Chronister.
"He brought life to our class. He was the highlight of everybody's day. It hit me, and I sat up in my room for a couple of hours, and I was like, 'Dang, he's gone,'" said classmate Justin Clifton.
Tuesday, hundreds poured into Bauxite High School stadium to mourn the loss of their friend.
"I just don't feel like he's gone. I just feel like he's going to come and tell me everything is okay, and I wish he could," said Florencia Olguin, Bynum's girlfriend of two years.
Police said Bynum was a passenger in Cory Mathis' car when Mathis lost control.
"We wound up on top of a telephone poll, and I lost my best friend," said Mathis.
Police said they are still investigating the accident. They do not believe alcohol was a factor, but said both teens were not wearing their seat belts.
Funeral arrangements have been set for Bynum. Visitation will be held Wednesday evening Jan. 9, 2013 from 6 to 8 p.m. at:
Griffin Leggett Forest Hills Funeral Home
10200 Hwy 5 N.
Funeral services will be at 2:30 p.m., Thurs., Jan. 10 at:
Pleasant Hills Baptist Church
24310 North Sardis Rd.