ROCKY MOUNT, Va. (WDBJ7) Saturday afternoon, police said that 16-year-old Joshua Hodges was driving down Providence Church Road in Franklin County, when he lost control and struck a tree. Police said he died on the scene.
Herbie Dillon said he knew Hodges since middle school and said they spent a lot of time together.
"He was loving caring, he cared for everybody. He never was mean anybody, he was always kind hearted and had a big smile on his face," he said.
That smile is something Cara Spivey said she'll always miss. She was Hodges' Chemistry teacher and the loss has brought them all together.
"Students who might not have known one another before, some might not have even known Josh personally," she said. "They've all been very respectful, they've all been very solemn and it's been humbling to watch."
Students are currently raising money to help the family with funeral expenses.
"Funerals are expensive and we may not be able to cover the whole cost like I would of course want to, but I know we can put a big dent in it," said Dillon.
On top of that, students held a memorial and left these post it's with a final message to Hodges.
Dillon said he hopes this reminds everyone what's really important in life.
"You just should live everyday like it's your last, you shouldn't focus on little things because that really doesn't matter, you should focus on the big things in life and for me personally, that's your friends and your family," he said.