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MEBANE, N.C. -- Students in Alamance County are trying to cope with the death of one of their high school peers who died in a car crash Wednesday afternoon in Mebane.

Sgt. M.G. Stuart ,with the N.C. State Highway Patrol (NCSHP), told WFMY News 2 that around 2:56 p.m. troopers responded to a car wreck on Lebanon Road, near Mill Creek Road. Sgt. Stuart said 16-year-old Desmond Piccini, of Mebane, was driving east on Lebanon Road, when he lost control, drove onto the right shoulder of the road and over-corrected. Piccini's vehicle hit a rock wall and overturned.

Piccini died at the scene, Stuart said. The passenger in the car, 16-year-old McCray Williams, was flown to Duke Medical Center where he was treated and released.

Troopers say speed was a factor and they are still investigating the accident.

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Alamance-Burlington Schools released the following statement about the accident:

"We are very sad to confirm that Desmond Piccini, 11th grader at Eastern High, passed away as a result of injuries sustained in a car accident yesterday afternoon (Wednesday, April 2nd). Another 11th grader from Eastern was involved in the accident, and was transported to the hospital. His name is McCray Williams. Information shared with students this morning at Eastern indicated McCray was treated and released late last night. Both students are 16 years old".

Counselors and other student support groups from across the school district were at Eastern High on Thursday. School officials said they will be available for as long as needed.

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