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Friends Grieve Over Teen's Fatal Car Crash

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LAS VEGAS -- An off-roading adventure took a deadly turn when an SUV flipped killing a teen and sending seven others to the hospital Thursday evening.

A wreath, bears and a cross mark the spot where something went suddenly wrong. Inside the SUV were eight people ranging in age from 15 to 22. The crash happened in a desert area in the northwest near Durango and Moccasin. The driver of the SUV, 17-year-old Brandon Hall was killed.

About 30 friends have put up a cross made of pipes and wood. They've brought flowers, played songs, and shed tears as they remember their friend.

"Its just been really hard. We've just been up crying all night," said Baylee Peterson.

"I just think that they got too carried away with what was going on, maybe they were celebrating something," said Shania Powell.

Powell says she saw Hall earlier Thursday afternoon.

"You see them four hours ago, now one of them is dead and some of them are hurt and in the hospital," said Powell.

Metro says speed was a factor and that traces of alcohol were found in the car. Although it is not know if Hall or others in the SUV were drinking, beer cans could be seen near the wreckage after the accident.

"They were like country boys and stuff they liked to act like cowboys and wear cowboy stuff," said Powell.

Parents and others in the area have been driving by all day to view the fatal crash scene firsthand.

"We all think we're immortal when we're teenagers and young adults, its just really sad," said Bernadette Sihler who lives near the accident scene.

The majority of the SUV's passengers are students at Arbor View High School. Friends say while it's not certain what led to the accident, it is an important reminder of how quick lives can be changed.

"I just wish Brandon didn't have to die," said Powell.

All but one of the victim's who survived the crash have been released from the hospital.

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