GREENSBORO, N.C. -- A Greensboro family is mourning the loss of their two sons after they were killed in a crash Tuesday evening.
Ronak Patel, 18, and his little brother Param, 10, were driving south on the Bass Chapel Road bridge over Lake Jeanette just before 4 p.m. It was raining at the time of the crash.
Police say Ronak's car began to hydroplane and crossed the center line, where it hit a pick-up truck driving northbound.
The crash ejected Param from the car. Police would not confirm if either boy was wearing a seatbelt.
Ronak graduated from Page High School last year. He was a freshman at North Carolina State University and getting ready to declare his major in engineering. His family says they'll miss his compassionate spirit and his love for animals.
Param went to elementary school at Greensboro Academy. His family says Param loved God above everything else and prayed for his friends and family every day. They say the boys were very close, despite their eight-year age difference.
Friends and classmates dropped off flowers at the spot where they were killed Wednesday afternoon.
"He was such a sweet, nice kid. I did not know the younger brother but I know that my sons are really grieving for Ronak, and I'm just so sorry for the family," said Nicole Purdie, whose sons went to school with Ronak.
Ronak worked as a lifeguard during the summer at the Lake Jeanette Swim and Tennis Club. Some of his co-workers cleaned up the debris left behind by the crash.
"Just thinking about it makes me sad," said Maya Kavulichova, who went to high school with Ronak. "I didn't know him very well. I just knew him in that one class, but I can't imagine what his family must be going through. I mean he was only 18, and his brother was only 10 years old. So I'm just so sorry for him and what happened. It's just very hard."
"I couldn't even work today because all I could think about was the family," Purdie said. "This is really something that is such a tragedy. It really makes you stop and think and it puts things in perspective."
The Greensboro Police Crash Reconstruction Unit is still investigating to see if any other factors contributed to the crash.