2 Randolph High School students die in a car crash
Two Randolph High School seniors, Jack Timmerman and Calvin Verduga, were killed in a car crash Saturday, a township school official confirmed.
The deaths of the two students, teammates on the high school football team, were announced on the Randolph Township School website by superintendent David Browne.
"The Morris County Prosecutor's Office reported that two of our students died in a car crash on Ironia Road on Saturday," Browne's statement read. "Our entire school community is in mourning and our thoughts are most certainly with the families and friends of the two students, beloved by so many."
According to a report on NJ.com, Timmerman and Verduga were passengers in a car traveling on Ironia Road, when the driver lost control around 1:35 p.m. and went off the road, hitting a street sign and a tree.
Grief counselors were at the high school on Sunday and will be available on Monday as well, Browne said.
"All of our immediate efforts are centered on the well-being of our students and staff, all of whom have been impacted greatly by this tragic accident." wrote Randolph High principal Debbie Iosso, adding that the school is being used as a place where the community "can gather and be with one another."
Flowers, letters, crosses and team jerseys were placed at the crash scene Sunday by friends and family members, according to the Randolph Reporter. The paper also reported that two other students were also in the vehicle-- the 17-year-old driver, who was hospitalized, and a 15-year-old.
“They were brothers,” Tom Richards told NJ.com. “Jack and Calvin, they go together like bread and butter.”l
Verduga had survived a car crash in April according to NJ.com. The driver of the car in that accident, Alex Wolmart, explained that the alignment in the car was off, causing him to lose control and the car to overturn several times. "It was a near-death experience," Wolmart told the newspaper. "We shared it with each other. We saw [our lives] flash before our eyes."
Friend Kevin Reynolds posted a tribute to Timmerman and Verduga on YouTube featuring a montage of pictures and video set to Creed's "Lullaby."
- 2 Randolph High School football players killed in car crash / NJ.com
- Juveniles killed in Randolph Township car crash were high school football players / Randolph Reporter
- 2 High School Students Dead in New Jersey Car Crash / NBC 4 New York