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on November 20, 2007 - 4:29pm

School Mourns Teens Killed In Avery Road Crash
Police Say Teens Weren't Wearing Seatbelts

ROCKVILLE, Md. -- Tears were shed Tuesday at Richard Montgomery High School after two students died following a car accident near Norbeck Road Monday afternoon, News4's Jane Watrel reported.

Authorities said the teens were traveling southbound on Avery Road approaching Norbeck Road around 4 p.m. Monday when the driver, Jose Miguel Gomez, 19, of Rockville, lost control. The 1997 Nissan Altima crossed double yellow lines on the road and struck a tree.

Oswaldo Rosales, 16, of Sandy Spring, was riding in the front passenger seat, officials said, and was pronounced dead at the scene. The 16-year-old right rear-seat passenger, Ricardo Orellana, of Rockville, was transported to an area hospital and died Tuesday from injuries sustained in the collision.

Police said neither victim was wearing a seatbelt, but the driver was buckled up. He is in fair to good condition.

Cpl. Jimmy Robinson said preliminary investigations have determined speed was a factor in the crash.

Orellana's death was announced during classes Tuesday with counselors present.

"Teachers asked the students to write letters to the families," said teacher's aide Susan Kort. "It's just kind of appropriate to change the pace and listen, and many people had things to say and things to share."

Kaitlyn Jump knew the victims. She described Orellana as "funny," "sweet" and "sensitive."

"He was a good guy, and Oswaldo was just funny and he was really sweet," Jump said.

A candlelight vigil was planned for Tuesday evening.

The latest fatal accident involving teen drivers heightened the anxiety of some parents.

"They're all inexperienced. Giving them their license at 18, that might help a little bit," said parent Stephen Jump. "The typically kid needs 120 hours behind the wheel."

"This is a terrible place to be driving, because it's crowded. It's full of rude drivers. It's full of kids that are going to fast and adults that are going to fast," said parent Joan Vistica.

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