CRAWFORDVILLE, Fla. (WTXL) - Two weeks ago, Zach Douglas graduated from Wakulla High School. Wednesday night, he was killed in a car accident.
"I couldn't do anything but drop to my knees," said his friend Savannah Bailey, "and I was begging, like, 'Please let this be a joke.'"
"I went to the crime scene and seen his truck, and I couldn't handle myself," his girlfriend Kristen Dew said. "I just screamed on the top of my lungs, 'Why did you have to take him?' and 'Why did you have to do this?'"
Douglas was driving on Beechwood Drive just south of Spring Creek Highway.
Troopers say his truck missed a curve and crashed into a ditch. Douglas wasn't wearing his seatbelt.
"If he was still here today, he would want us to smile and move on with life and not to cry over it," Bailey said.
Douglas graduated from high school on Friday, May 18. Dew said she's pregnant with their first child.
"He was loving and caring," she said. "We loved each other very much, and he was so special to me -- and I'll never forget him."
Before Douglas went to Wakulla High, he had studied at Lincoln. That's where Bailey met him.
"You see him, and you're like, 'Alright, that's my dog. He's the wild one. We're about to get the party started,'" she said.
His sudden death took his friends by surprise. They shared what they'll always remember about him.
"He was one of a kind. He always made you smile whenever you're around him, and he was just the best guy ever," Dew said.
WTXL is working to confirm details about viewing and funeral arrangements.