When David Warrenfeltz heard about the deaths of Williamsport High School sports standouts Brendon Colliflower and Samantha Kelly, he thought about how “eerily similar” the accident late Saturday on Rench Road was to the one that claimed his friend, Nick Adenhart.
Warrenfeltz, coach of the Williamsport High School baseball team, was for years the catcher for Adenhart, who died along with two friends in a car accident April 9, 2009, in Fullerton, Calif., shortly after making his debut that year for the Los Angeles Angels.
Now, Warrenfeltz — a teammate of Adenhart’s from youth leagues through high school — has to deal with the tragedy of losing Colliflower, a pitcher on his team, to a car crash.
Colliflower and Kelly, both 17, died when the 2007 Honda that Colliflower was driving went off the road and struck a tree, according to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, which was notified at 11:51 p.m. The car was traveling at a high rate of speed, the sheriff’s office said.
Colliflower and Kelly had been to Williamsport High’s prom at the Clarion Hotel & Conference Center in Shepherdstown, W.Va., earlier in the evening.
Warrenfeltz said the tragedies are similar in that Adenhart, Colliflower and Kelly were talented athletes with great futures.
“It’s just a really tough time. My heart aches first for Sam and Brendon’s family, and for our community to have to go through this,” Warrenfeltz said Monday afternoon.
Stunned over the deaths of Colliflower and Kelly, friends of the two showed up at the accident scene throughout the day Sunday to mourn and to remember their classmates. Groups of people came and left the scene, and authorities closed the road Sunday night so people could safely visit the crash site.
Friends of the students continued to visit the area throughout the day Monday, and a police officer was stationed on each side of the site, Sgt. Robert Whittington said.
The officers had their lights activated to slow down traffic and the cruisers were still stationed at the scene at about 8 p.m. Monday, Whittington said.
Whittington said the officers probably would leave the scene sometime Monday night.
Warrenfeltz said the reason people are so affected by the deaths is because Colliflower and Kelly were such “amazing kids.”
Warrenfeltz said Colliflower was an easy student to like because of his upbeat nature.
Kelly’s volleyball coach on Sunday described her as doing “whatever she had to to help us to win.”
Colliflower was The Herald-Mail’s All-County Baseball Pitcher of the Year after compiling a 6-1 record in 2011. This season, Colliflower had a 3-3 record.
Kelly was a two-time All-County first-team selection in volleyball and won nine of 13 matches as the No. 1 girls singles player for the Wildcats tennis team this spring.
Both were honor-roll students.
A Washington County Public Schools official said Monday that two Advanced Placement tests in Williamsport were postponed as the community coped with the deaths. AP tests in environmental studies and psychology will be rescheduled, school system spokesman Richard Wright said.