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Second teen killed in crash remembered

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SPRINGFIELD, GA (WTOC) - A community comes together to remember a second teenager killed in an crash over the weekend.

It happened about 3 a.m. Sunday in northern Effingham County, at Laurel Tree Road and Stillwell-Clyo Road. Six teens were riding in a car when the driver lost control.

Thursdaym hundreds packed Effingham High School's auditorium to say goodbye to 17-year-old Neil Morgan. "Neil was a great guy. He means a lot to everybody. He's going to be missed very, very much," said Austin Seckinger, a close friend of Morgan's.

Whitney Newman, 17, also died in that crash. One other teen is still in the hospital. The other three teens in the car, including the driver, Robert Stone, were taken to the hospital, but have since been released.

Surrounded by friends, still bandaged, Stone came to the vigil for the friend riding with him that night.

Since the accident, students have been pledging to not drink and drive. State troopers have not filed any charges in the accident, they're still investigating.

Investigators do tell us Stone was arrested for a DUI on June 15, just a few days before the crash.  They also say in 2008 he was charged with reckless driving.

However, Morgan's family doesn't want people pointing fingers, and at the vigil they stopped anyone they felt was placing blame. Morgan's brother stormed the podium, grabbing the mic from the person speaking and said, "There's been somebody here that everyone has forgotten about.  He was there too and we love him, we love him.  He might have made a mistake, but you have to accept him."

Just a few minutes later, Stone left the vigil.

The vigil went on. For Seckinger he says his friend wouldn't want people harping on what happened. "There's nothing you can do about it. There's no if, ands, or buts, there's nothing we can do about it," said Seckinger.

They can't go back and change what happened, all they can do is try to move forward.

Again, there are no charges in the case. We'll let you know when investigators finish their work.

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