Christian Cowan, Travis Williams (Source: Effingham Co. HS)
EFFINGHAM CO., GA (WTOC) -
The dark clouds and light rain Thursday added more sorrow to the site where Christian Cowan, 18, lost his life Wednesday night. Many Effingham High School students who knew Cowan and Travis Williams, 18, paid their respects at a makeshift memorial. A permanent marker was taped to a cross, so friends and loved ones could leave messages.
"I wrote Hannah loves you," said fellow Effingham County High School student and friend, Hannah Ginn.
"I wrote my name and I wrote nowac, which is Cowan spelled backwards," explained fellow student and friend, Zachary Odom. "Everyone called Christian nowac."
A lot of memories and also a lot of unanswered questions. Effingham County Sheriff Jimmy McDuffie said deputies believe the Honda Civic the two 18 year olds were riding in left the road, hit the embankment of a ditch, flipped over, and ejected at least one of the teens.
Cowan died at the scene and Williams was air lifted to Memorial. Sheriff McDuffie said Williams suffered facial fractures, knee injuries, and some broken ribs. The Sheriff also said this crash hit home for his department.
"I've known Travis Williams since he was a child. I know his mom, dad, his grandparents on both sides," said Sheriff McDuffie. "His uncle works for us. When it's some of the kids and young people that you know, it makes it really hard."
Both Ginn and Odom said they grew up with the two teens. They also said Cowan and Williams were best friends and inseparable.
"They always had a smile on their face, both of them," said Odom. "They never said mean words, never got mad. They were just a gift from God, both of them."
"Both of them were really funny. They always knew how to make you laugh and smile," said Ginn. "They were always there for you when you needed them."
The Georgia State Patrol is continuing to investigate the crash. Authorities believe speed may have been a factor.
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