Friends gather to remember teen killed in Saginaw crash

Just as severe weather was rolling in Sunday night, a Saginaw teenager was killed in a horrific crash.

Classmates and friends of the victim, 17-year-old Vincent Ireland, gathered for a candlelight vigil Wednesday night to remember him.

His friends say Ireland not only knew what he wanted to do in life, but was just accepted to University of Alabama and couldn't wait to get there.

Ireland was planning to study business.

"Out of all of our friends, he probably had the brightest future out of all of us," said Pearce Giles, one of Ireland's friends. "Like, he knew where he wanted to go and what he wanted to do and he was excited to get out and go."

Students at the vigil gathered to sign their names and share memories.

"People had just saw him that night before he passed away, so I mean, it was really hard to get the news Sunday night that it had happened," said one of Ireland's friends, Alejandra Vasquez.

Ireland was killed Sunday evening when the car he was riding in crashed into a utility pole in Saginaw.

It happened in the 900 block of McLeroy just after 9:30, right at the time severe storms were moving into the Metroplex.

The crash was violent enough to split his Nissan Altima in half, so investigators speculate that speed, along with weather conditions, played a role in the crash.

There were three other teens in the car. One was taken to the hospital and the other two were not injured.

Police say all four were wearing seat belts.

Ireland's mom, Christi, said in a statement to FOX 4, "I have been overwhelmed by the love and support from the staff and students. Kids have been supportive and helping in any way they can. I will never be able to repay the Saginaw High School family!"

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