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Funeral Arrangements Set For Three Teens Killed In Wreck

Updated: Monday, January 7 2013, 04:17 PM EST

Funeral arrangements for three Asheville teens killed in that horrific New Year's Day car crash have been tentatively set for Sunday, January 6th at 2:30 p.m. at Biltmore Baptist Church. The service is for all three boys.

Friends of the trio are speaking out for the first time. 14-year-old Matt Strickland and brothers, 18-year-old David, and 17-year-old Shawn Hutchison died in a head-on collision with a tanker truck in south Buncombe County. Friends remember the boys as fun and outgoing types.

Troopers said the boys' car hydroplaned, slid into the opposite lane, and slammed into a tanker truck. A witness told officials the 18-wheeler then dragged the car about 100 feet into an embankment.

All three teens were killed on impact. The driver of the truck, 53-year-old Anthony Carland of Mills River, was taken to Mission Hospital with minor injuries. He is not expected to be charged in the crash.

Trooper Gene Williams says speed was a factor in the crash, however alcohol is not suspected.

Eblen Charities has also set up a fund to help the families of three teenagers. You can donate on EblenCharities.Org or you can send a check made out to Eblend Charities with "Strickland" or "Hutchinson" in the memo line to: Eblen Charities, 50 Westgate Parkway, Asheville, NC 28806.

Checks can also be dropped off at the main office at TC Roberson HS or at the Skyland Fire Dept.

Funeral Arrangements Set For Three Teens Killed In Wreck

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