May 20, 2006
Saturday night loved ones remembered 17-year-old Nolan Jenkins, an Albemarle County High School student, killed in a tragic car accident Friday night.
At Albemarle County High School the parking lots were packed with cars, and the track was filled with students. They gathered on the school's track to remember the teen.
"Nolan was a very well-loved young man here at school. Loved by his peers, loved by the teachers," said Dr. Matt Haas, the principal at the school.
Jenkins was also a star on the lacrosse team, who just won the Commonwealth District's Championship last Thursday.
Just last week Jenkins was out on the field playing the sport he loved so much.
But the scene Friday night was a much different one, when police say he lost control of his SUV on Jefferson Parkway.
Jenkins was pronounced dead on the scene, and today police say speeding on the road, and alcohol played roles in the fatal crash.
"There was an underage party taking place nearby," said Sgt. Pam Greenwood. "We responded to the party, found 19 juveniles there. Eleven out of the 19 had consumed alcohol."
The Newsplex has learned that Jenkins was at the party for a short time on Friday evening.
But back at the school Saturday, it was simply about remembering a friend.
"I feel glad to be part of this family, the Albemarle High School family and that's how we support each other," said Dr. Haas. "You can see from the large number of people that are here tonight, that there's a lot of love and caring that's going on."