Two teenagers from Baltimore County were killed and another was critically injured in a single-car accident early Wednesday in Bowleys Quarters, according to county police.
Alejandro Santiago Wine, 17, of the 300 block of Townsend Road, who was the driver, and Ryan James Boothe, 17, of the 400 block of Wolfe St., a passenger in the front seat, were killed, police said. John Robert Morris III, 17, of the first block of Plateau Road, was injured.
All three were students at Kenwood High School in Essex.
"Any time that you hear of a young person and you hear of an accident of this sort, it just takes everything out of you," Kenwood Principal Paul D. Martin said Wednesday.
"Here at Kenwood, we are a very close-knit community. The faculty as a whole takes these types of incidents very, very hard. We'll just band together in order to get through this."
Martin said Wine was a rising senior, Boothe a rising junior, and Morris is entering his senior year.
"All three were progressing, and all three had very promising futures," he said.
When Morris recovers, school staff will work to "get him settled in," Martin said.
"Not everyone was here today," he added Wednesday. "We are right now breaking the news to the staff."
Students do not return to school until Monday, but Martin said counselors are available to staff and students who want to come in this week.
According to police spokeswoman Susan Hunt, the accident occurred at 1:26 a.m. Wednesday at Bowleys Quarters and New Section roads.
Hunt said a 1993 Chevrolet Cavalier was headed north on Bowleys Quarters Road "at a high rate of speed" when it crossed the center line, began to spin and recrossed the center line. The car struck two utility poles.
Wine and Boothe were declared dead at the scene, and Morris was taken to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in critical condition, according to police.
Police spokeswoman Julia Hardgrove said alcohol was not a factor in the accident.
Baltimore County police are continuing to investigate the crash. No one else was injured.
Baltimore Sun reporter Jessica Anderson contributed to this article.