Andrew Scott Hobgood was riding in a car with his girlfriend, Kelly Jo Frazier, 17, when she ran off the side of Tally-Ho Road and overcorrected.
Hobgood's parents say he was a young man who enjoyed life – everything from playing sports at Granville Central High School to spending time with loved ones and even the family dog.
"They kind of grew up together," his mother, Christina Hobgood, said Friday. "So, he always played with him, and they'd wrestle on the floor and stuff."
Granville Central High is also mourning.
Patti Simpson, director of student services for Granville County Schools, says Hobgood is the fourth student assigned to the high school to die in less than three years/ One died in an ATV crash; another drowned; and the third committed suicide.
"When you have grieving events that occur so closely together, it does make the grieving process more catastrophic," Simpson said.
The Highway Patrol says charges are pending against Frazier.
Hobgood's parents say they find comfort in remembering the good times.
"He was my little buddy," his father, Kenneth Hobgood, said. "We did everything together – playing video games to fishing and hunting."
Hobgood's funeral is 2 p.m. Saturday and Eakes Funeral Chapel in Oxford.