Community to Remember Three Clarksburg Students
As the Clarksburg community and the whole of Montgomery County continues to be shaken by the deaths of three teenage boys due a horrific crash late Tuesday night, The Difference Makers Church in Damascus will host a vigil for the victims tonight (Wednesday) at 7:30 pm. Difference Makers Church is located at 11210 Bethesda Church Road in Damascus.
The community will gather in memory of Jacob Dennis, 17, Patrick Shifflett, 18, and Cary Greene, 17. The teens were killed when the pick-up truck Dennis was driving left the road on a curve and struck a tree on Burnt Hill Road in Clarksburg late Tuesday night. Montgomery County Police are still investigating the circumstance which led to the collision.
The crash happened on the eve of Clarksburg High School’s Class of 2016 graduation. The school’s commencement exercises took on a more somber tone than expected, but were held as scheduled at Mount Saint Mary’s University this morning, as graduates, staff, and parents held a moment of silence for the three boys. All of which were members of the Clarksburg Coyotes football team.
The teens, who were all juniors at Clarksburg High School were reportedly at a pre-graduation party which was being held about a quarter-of-mile from the spot of the accident. Montgomery County Police say that a toxicology report is being conducted in this case as a regular course of the investigation, however, they do not believe that alcohol was a factor in this case.
Montgomery County Police spokesman Officer Rick Goodale said, “Investigators have no reason to believe that alcohol was a factor. There was no indications at the scene. No odor or beer cans or bottles in or around the car. Nothing like that. Investigators will do the toxicology test just to make sure, but at this point they are not looking at that as a possible factor.”
Goodale also said that police also have no reason to believe that there as alcohol served as the party attended by a number of students at a home just up the Burnt Hill Road from where the pick-up truck lost left the road and struck a tree. “At this point investigators are looking at the contributing factors to be inexperience and speed,” said Goodale. It has been reported by WUSA-TV that Jacob Dennis had just received his provisional Maryland driver’s license in March of 2016.
“Today was to be a day filled with joy in Clarksburg as the entire community was prepared to celebrate the graduation of this year’s high school seniors,” said Montgomery County Councilmember Craig Rice, who represents Clarksburg. “Instead, we woke up to tragedy and a reminder of how precious young lives are. It is amazing how the lives of three people at the ages of Jacob Dennis, Patrick Shifflett, and Cary Greene can touch so many. The many tributes to them that are al