LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Friends and family gathered Sunday night to remember a Lexington teen killed in a crash Sunday afternoon.
We first told you at six o'clock about the deadly crash on Royster Road. We now know the driver, Jalen Byrd, 17, of Lexington, died. Lexington Police tell us he was driving when he lost control and crashed into a tree at about 1:30 p.m.
Jalen Byrd was supposed to be at the Get Air Lex trampoline park to celebrate with his friends on Sunday night. But after Byrd was in a crash that afternoon, it turned from a party to a night of mourning.
It was no longer your typical birthday party, and a night Spencer Sabharwal was looking forward to after just turning 17.
"No presents or cake anymore," said Spencer Sabharwal, the birthday boy and victim's friend. "I think everybody is about to leave and not stay long."
It was supposed to be filled with jumping and laughing at the trampoline park but instead was full of hugging and crying. The atmosphere was changed by something that happened in a matter of seconds. That's when Lexington Police say Byrd lost control of his car and hit a tree, dying about one hour later at UK Hospital.
"I just couldn't believe it. He's so young. It shouldn't happen like this," said Harrison Dunn, the victim's friend. "And I started thinking about what he had going forward and now it's all gone."
The party was going to be small with close friends and the basketball team, and the birthday boy says Byrd was invited. They were not only both juniors and basketball players at Sayre School but good friends.
"He was one of the people I was looking the most forward to seeing," said Sabharwal.
It's, of course, nothing the group of teens from Sayre School expected to happen to their friend, Jalen Byrd.
"We are all very close, so the best thing for us right now is to be able to gather and see each other," said Dunn.
"Life is a blessing and everyone just needs to be thankful for every day that they have here on Earth," said Sabharwal.
Sayre students don't have school Monday, but they say they know their first day back will be different and hard not seeing their friend and classmate, Jalen Byrd.
Funeral arrangements have not yet been made for Jalen Byrd.