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2 dead, 2 hurt in wreck involving 4 vehicles in Elon; speed believed to be a factor

ELON, N.C. – Two people died and two others were injured after a wreck involving four vehicles early Sunday morning in Elon, according to police.

Phillip Javon Solomon, 22, of Concord, and Devante Clinkscall, 21, of Burlington, died in the crash, Elon police said in a press release.

Police were called to University Drive between North O’Kelly and East Haggard avenues shortly before 12:30 a.m.

There were nine people inside the four vehicles, according to police. Two other passengers were treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

The people who died were in the same vehicle, according to police. They were not Elon University students.

Close friends of Solomon and Clinkscall described their vibrant personalities.

"Just the fact that they were taken at the same time it’s just such a destructive thing cause they were both such large lights in the world," said Seth Witlow.

"They both just had this character to them something you admired. They just felt like the cool kids," said Jesse Mazejka.

Now the friends have memories to hold onto as they head into the holidays heartbroken.

"I love them both and I hate this has happened," said Mazejka.

On Christmas Eve, they had planned to get together to celebrate Phillip's birthday.

Investigators will be back on the scene on Monday. They believe speed was a factor in this crash.

Police said the investigation is in the preliminary states. It is currently believed that speed may have been a factor.

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