Also on Sunday, a Durham student crashed her car on her way home from the prom.
First responders are using recent crashes to get teens to change their driving habits.
On the campus of Wake Forest - Rolesville High School Monday, an emotional demonstration shocked many. It was a reenactment of police, EMS and parents responding to a fatal car crash involving a 17-year-old boy.
The story behind the fake crash was a boy who had a few beers after school and was speeding a little to get to his job when he answered a text and hit a telephone pole.
He wasn't wearing his seatbelt.
"This reminds me of the time one of my best friends, who is like an older brother to me, was in an accident. He's now a quadriplegic," offered senior Chase Pfendler.
"This really hit home for me because my friend died a year-and-a-half ago," said senior Erica Roberson.
Having already been touched by similar tragedies, students watched and imagined what their friends who've been hurt or killed went through, and what their families went through.
Officers say that's the toughest part of their job.
"I can recall the horror and the tragedy. I almost wanted to cry with the parent because there's nothing I can do and we shared that during our presentation," said Wake Forest police officer Scott Graham.
"We just have that superman complex and we don't think anything's going to happen to them but it will," said Roberson.