LEXINGTON, N.C. -- Three West Davidson High School students were killed Saturday during a wreck in Davie County.
The students killed were Gavin Ivey, Justin McGee and Todd Goetaski, all in 10th grade, according to a press release from Davidson County Schools.
"The teachers and students were very much saddened by the news," the press release stated. "Our focus is on supporting the family, students and staff members of West Davidson High School. Guidance counselors, social workers and support staff are on campus to provide counseling and support for the staff and students."
"On behalf of Davidson County Schools and The Board of Education our condolences go to the families and we are asking our school community for their thoughts and prayers for the families involved in this tragic accident and for all of the students and staff at West Davidson High School."
Authorities responded to the incident at about 8:40 a.m. on Baltimore Road in the US-158 area of Advance.
A Lexus I300 headed north passed a Ford pick-up truck in a passing zone at a high rate of speed, according to troopers.
The Lexus was met by a Ford SUV which was traveling south on Baltimore Road.
Highway Patrol said the driver of the Lexus made an abrupt turn back into the right lane and began to skid.
The Lexus then crossed the center line and collided with the Blue Ford SUV. The three victims in the Lexus were pronounced dead at the scene.
Ivey was the driver, Goetaski the front passenger and McGee the right rear passenger, according to troopers.
The 66-year-old driver of the blue Ford SUV was taken to by EMS to Baptist Hospital.
Investigators believe speed was a contributing factor.