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Crash Claims the Life of Recent Dover Graduate

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MARYDEL, Del- A tragic car accident over the weekend left two dead, including a new high school graduate.

Delaware State Police say 18-year-old Zachary Rogers was killed in a head-on crash Saturday evening, just days following his graduation from Dover High School. 

Police say a 1999 Ford Escort, operated by 27-year-old Estanislao Lopez-Berduo was traveling westbound on Halltown Road  in Marydel.  Police say for unknown reasons, Lopez-Berduo's vehicle crossed into the eastbound lanes into the path of an eastbound 2000 Pontiac Sunfire driven by Zachary Rogers.  Police say both Rogers and Lopez-Berduo died at the scene.

“He didn’t deserve this,” said long time friend, Jamie Aarons of Hartly. “He was a good person, he didn’t deserve for any of this to happen. His family didn’t deserve this.”

According to Delaware State Police, a preliminary investigation says 27-year-old Estanislao Lopez-Berduo may have been drinking prior to the crash.

Those who knew Rogers say he was truly something special. Many gathered at the scene of the crash remembering the type of person Rogers was.

“He didn’t care what anyone else though about him,” said another long time friend, Mason Wallace. “He was always the realest person you would ever meet.”

“He’s jus the type of person that would always make you laugh and if you’re down he will always make you happy and stuff,” said Amanda Wallace. “He was always there for you.”

“He was like a good friend and everyone knew him,” said Aarons. “If he was around you, you would know. He was just like the loudest person always.”

Family members, who say they were not ready to publicly speak about their loss, just want people to know the great person Rogers was and say his life was taken too soon by a suspected drunk driver.
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