Ga. Perimeter students Stephen Nolasco and Matthew Bennett killed in Marietta crash

Ga. Perimeter students Stephen Nolasco and Matthew Bennett killed in Marietta crash Stephen and Matthew
Stephen and Matthew

Cobb County police say a driver and his passenger were killed in a fiery car wreck Sunday shortly after 3 a.m. in Marietta.

Police have identified the driver as Stephen Nolasco, 19, and his passenger as Matthew Bennett, 18. Both men resided in Marietta.

Police said Nolasco may have been driving a silver 2001 Volvo S60 northbound on Sandy Plains Road at a high rate of speed when he lost control. The car crossed into the southbound lanes of Sandy Plains Road and struck a large brick column, landing in a tree at the intersection of Kinjac Drive. After striking the brick column, the car caught fire, killing both men.

Friends of the two men said they can't stop thinking about their final moments.

"It's just really hard to think about two really close people to me that caught on fire. I just can't look at that tree and think, those were two close people to me. There's debris everywhere and bricks," said Taylor Hill, holding back tears.

Hill said she used to date Nolasco and is a close friend to Bennett. She said Nolasco and Bennett did everything together.

Hill said the men were popular athletes who graduated from Sprayberry High School last year, and were attending Georgia Perimeter College together. Both are being remembered for their positive spirit.

"Stephen would actually walk around school when he was a senior. He would wear signs that said 'Free Hugs' and 'Free Compliments' and he would change between days because he would just really love to make people smile," Hill said. "Matt just always lived life to the fullest. They both were just so caring."

Police are trying to determine what activities the men were involved in prior to the crash. Anyone with information is asked to call 770-499-3987.

 
 
 
 
By AP_News 02/04/2013 08:25:00

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Anonymous 02/07/2013 14:42:47
This is very unfortunate and hopefully it will keep some of Sprayberry's students from drunk driving...turns out they weren't "professional drunk drivers" after all. So so sad. LEARN KIDS, LEARN.
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Matthew's Sister 03/03/2013 19:54:07
WHERE DID YOU READ THEY WERE DRUNK???HOW DO YOU KNOW THEY WERE DRIVING DRUNK!! I DONT GIVE A CRAP WHO YOU ARE! DONT POST CRAP LIKE THIS ON THE INTERNET!! YOU HAVE NO RIGHT! THAT WAS MY BROTHER! YOU DON'T KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT WHAT THEY WERE DOING, BEFORE THERE LIVES WERE TAKEN! WHY THE HECK WOULD YOU SAY SOMETHING LIKE "GUESS THEY WERENT PROFESSIONAL DRUNK DRIVERS!!"
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friend 02/16/2013 20:32:54
Where did you read that they were drunk, huh?
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06/14/2013 08:16:59
Drunk or not, the driver was driving recklessly. I'm just glad they didn't take anybody else out with them. It's sad, but young people have to know that there are consequences to every action and that they are not invincible.
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