Person killed when SUV hits building in High Point identified as High Point Central High student

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HIGH POINT, N.C. -- A high school senior was killed in a fiery car crash.

High Point police report 18-year-old Dezmond Williams, of High Point, died after the SUV he was driving hit the Davis Furniture Industries building in High Point near the intersection of Ogden Street and College Drive.

Guilford County Schools said Williams was a student at High Point Central High School.

Students tell FOX8 they got the news during second period.

“I can still hear his voice, him talking. Because I’m telling you, it was just yesterday,” Zymone Breeden said.

When people talk about Williams, they talk about his voice.

“When you would talk to him he would just have this deep voice, and he would just be like, 'Good morning, or how are you,'” Miracle Pouncy said.

His friends are remembering not just the way he sounded, but what he had to say. They say it was always a kind word.

“He wanted to be a minister, that was his thing. He could minister to you all day, but he would only do it if you wanted him to,” Breeden said.

“When I was leaving my first period going to my second, I saw it, but I didn’t believe it, so I texted him actually, so when I actually saw it on the news I believed it,” Pouncy said.

Stephanie Pate has been thinking about the crash since last night. She saw it happen.

“I was traveling right with him and as I passed him, I glanced in the rear view. And I saw him kind of hop the curb, but it wasn’t like he was going to crash,” Pate said.

When she saw smoke, she turned back around.

“I drove back down the road to where I saw him run off the road and there was a lot of smoke and there was a whole police squad and everything down there,” Pate said.

What she didn’t learn until Tuesday afternoon was who was inside the car.

“Then one of my cousins from Greensboro reached out to me, and said I know who that was, that was our cousin,” she said.

Williams was a young man who will be missed by many.

“I just want him to know that we love him,” Pouncy said.

Williams was set to graduate in May. The principal of Williams' school said he was a very intelligent and caring man and he will be greatly missed.

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