15-year-old killed when car full of teens crashes into house - FOX 32 News Chicago

Student athlete, 15, killed when car slammed into Aurora home

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AURORA, Ill. (FOX 32 News) -

The Metea Valley High School community is in mourning Tuesday after a deadly crash in west suburban Aurora. The car was filled with high school students, and a 15-year-old was killed.

Students couldn't bear to be at school after hearing about Devin Meadows' death. Most of them were dismissed and many of them came to the destroyed residential garage to take a look at the remnants of the crash. They left behind flowers and balloons at the scene where Aurora police continued to investigate the crash Tuesday afternoon.

They're in shock to have lost their friend - who by all accounts was a promising young athlete. Devin Meadows, of the 2500 block of Crestview Drive in Aurora, was a 15-year-old sophomore on the Metea Valley football team, and he was good enough to play for a nearby Naperville team.

He was riding in a Chevy Malibu with three friends at 1:30 a.m. Tuesday. The car veered off the road and crossed into some yards, broke trees and struck the back of an attached garage of a house in the 2700 block of Hamman Way.,

The vehicle struck just under homeowner Joshila Chandra's children's bedroom. She heard the crash and saw Meadows lying in the street after he was ejected from the car. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Devin Meadows's friends told FOX Chicago News that he was a really good kid, and he was riding with a car full of other 15-year-olds at the time of his death. Police at the scene said the driver and the other two passengers only suffered minor injuries, and were treated at the scene.

One of Meadows' friends said that he had asked her to hang out with them earlier in the day. He had text messaged her, but she said she had other plans and was unable to do so.

She confirmed Meadows had sent out a tweet saying they were looking for a fifth to join their "plan."

"[We don't have a proper] speed break which can control the speed," Chandra said. "The road is pretty much open, and I see a lot of people that do the speeding there."

"I just went to two of the other kids' houses to stop by and say our prayers are with them, and that if they need anything that we're always there for them," a friend said. "I honestly don't even know what to say. Seeing it, it hits me that he's gone."

"It hasn't actually hit me that I'm never going to see him again," another friend said. "When I go back to school, he's not going to be there. That's never going to happen again."

Meadows' friend that received the text message said she knew all four of the kids in the car, but was closest friends with Meadows. She said there was no special occasion for them to be out - they were just out enjoying each others' company.

Tuesday night, classmates and teammates from Metea Valley High School, placed a cross at the spot of the crash. Hugs and tears were shared along with memories of the sophomore with hopes of becoming a varsity football player next year.

At nearby Volleyball regionals, a moment of silence was held for Meadows before his school took the court.

Aurora police said alcohol was not a factor in this crash and that Meadows did not have a driver's license. The driver of the vehicle was being questioned by police though no charges have been filed.

The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.

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