TOWN OF LERAY, N.Y. (WWNY) - The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office has released the names of 3 of 5 people who died in Tuesday morning's crash in the town of LeRay.
They're identified as 28 year old Eugene Coleman, 29 year old Julian White, and 21 year old Damon Scott, all residents of Watertown.
The two other victims, a male and a female, have been identified, but officials want to make sure next of kin in Texas are notified before releasing their names.
Early Tuesday morning, officials said a southbound Chevrolet Malibu failed to negotiate a curve on Route 11, left the roadway and struck a tree and billboard before coming to rest.
Five people in the car were pronounced dead at the scene.
Although the investigation is ongoing, officials said excessive speed appears to be a major factor in the crash.
On Wednesday, people created a memorial at the crash scene.
Candles were lit. Balloons, flowers, stuffed animals and other items were placed at the site.
“Everybody is hurting right now,” said Tanisha Carr, who knew Damon Scott. “Damon was a good person. He looked out for everyone. He loved his family. He loved his friends.”
“It’s going to take a while for us to just cope with everything that’s going on,” said Arthur Carter, who said Damon liked to rap and play basketball. “He was pretty good. He whipped me every time and he made me better as a basketball player and as a person.”
A vigil for the victims is scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday.