POLK COUNTY, N.C. (WLOS) — A car crash in Polk County has claimed the life of a high school athlete.
"We've lost a friend and we've lost a good student and a good player," said Polk County High School Head Football Coach Bruce Ollis.
Rising senior Markell Lipscomb died in a car crash Friday afternoon.
"There are a lot of heavy hearts right now," including his own, Ollis said.
"There probably wasn't a guy that didn't gravitate towards Markell,” said Ollis. “He was that kind of guy, and he was a great player on the field."
On the field at Polk County High School there’s a sign that asks the question, "How do you want to be remembered?"
We asked Ollis how he thinks Lipscomb would answer that question.
"I think he'd want to be remembered as the guy who was there for his teammates, that gave great effort on the field and in many cases, like I told you earlier, determined the outcome of the game," said Ollis.
The team is still trying to figure out exactly how to honor their fallen teammate. Ollis said he will discuss that with his staff and players this week.
North Carolina Highway Patrol troopers said the driver lost control on Pea Ridge Road, which caused the boys' car to go airborne and crash into a tree. Troopers believe speed was a factor.
There were two other 17-year-olds in the car that day. Willie McBeth and Brayshun Simpson were both taken to the hospital with serious injuries.
There is a GoFundMe page set up for Markell's family, to help with his funeral expenses. Click here to view it.
A funeral service for Markell will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, July 11, 2018 in the McFarland Funeral Chapel in Tryon. Burial will follow in Good Shepherd Cemetery, also in Tryon.
The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, July 10 at McFarland Funeral Chapel.