Two brothers are dead and now the students of Dacula High School have to deal with the lost of three students in less than a week. The boys family is also mourning the loss of the two teens who their father said was inseperable.
Jared Brown, 17, and his brother Jaison Brown, 15, died Friday after a crash on Highway 316 and Harbins Road, according to Gwinnett County police. The younger brother died hours after the crash, police said.
”I did not expect it to be as overwhelming as it has been,” the teenagers’ father Paul Brown told Channel 2 Action news.
Brown said he and his wife have been “hanging in there” since they learned that Jared Brown had died and Jaison was in critical condition after the wreck on Highway 316. The incident happened around 7 a.m. near the intersection of Harbins Road, police said.
Investigators said Jared Brown was driving to class with his brother in a red 1992 Honda Accord when Brown turned left onto Harbins Road and into the path of a red 2003 Chrysler PT Cruiser being driven by Richard Ford, 44, of Bethlehem. Ford was also injured in the wreck, but is expected to recover, police spokeswoman Cpl. Michele Pihera said.
Jared Brown died shortly after arriving at Gwinnett Medical Center Friday morning, Pihera said. Students who knew the brothers gathered in the hospital’s chapel late Friday night in hopes of seeing Jaison recover while others gathered at the football field on the school’s campus for a vigil in Jared Brown’s honor. Jaison died around 8:20 p.m., police said. The two brothers lived with their little sister and their parents inside of a Lawrenceville home, but now everything has changed.
“It’s a huge void,” Brown told the news station. “There were five of us in the house, now it’s going to be three. Two empty rooms.”
Jared Brown had received his driver’s license in June of last year and had been driving the same route to school since February, his father told the news station. He said Jared Brown excelled academically and wanted to become an engineer, while Jaison hoped to pursue a career in sports medicine.
”They were really good kids,” Brown said. “They made us proud, they did well in school, well in sports and they were kind of like child mentors to their classmates.”
The Dacula community decided to honor Jared Brown and Jaison during a Saturday night football game on campus, and the attendees were encouraged to wear brown.
”They did everything together,” Brown said of the brothers who shared a love for soccer like their father. “They were inseparable.”
The brothers died within nine days of another student’s passing. Last week, the principal said a 17-year-old girl deliberately hurt herself by falling from the second story floor of the gym, the news station reported.