Victim of Russell Co. fatal car crash remembers friends

Russell County fatal accident survivor speaks
Published: Oct. 22, 2014 at 3:14 AM EDT|Updated: Oct. 23, 2014 at 7:25 PM EDT
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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - On Oct. 19, four young men were riding in a Chevrolet Camaro in Russell County when the driver lost control and ran off Boswell Road. .

Two of those men died in the crash and the driver is still in the hospital. Skyler Morgan was a passenger in the backseat and was thrown out of the window as the car flipped and rolled along the side of the road.

"They were my best friends. It's just a hard pill to swallow that I'm here and they're not," Morgan said.

No one was wearing a seatbelt and everyone was ejected from the vehicle. While Morgan escaped with minimal injuries while his friends, 25-year-old Jerry Wayne Baker and 18-year-old Dakota James Lancour, both died on Sunday.

The four young men are all graduates of Russell County High School. They were hanging out together and were on their way to a restaurant when they came around a slight bend in the 200 block of Boswell Road.

"He was going down the road and he was going too fast. I looked at the dash and he was going 110 m.p.h. I told him, 'slow down, slow down Cory,'" Morgan said.

At that speed, one wheel drifting slightly off the road was all it took to create a disaster. When Morgan came to, he says he felt helpless seeing his friends dying around him.

"Their bodies are messed up and I can't do anything to help them. I don't want to try anything and help them more than they already were. So I did what I could to comfort them and let them know that I was there, help was on the way, and I just told them to stay with us," Morgan said.

Lancour's girlfriend Meredith Bruce says they were making serious plans for their future, talking about eventually getting married and having a family. She says her last words to him that morning were to "be safe."

"If I would have know that was the last time I was going to see him, I would have never let him go. They need to learn when fast is fast enough and that cars are not toys," Bruce said.

With Halloween around the corner, the two young men who died in the crash already had a plan for their costumes.

"J.W. was going to be Batman and Lancour was going to dress up like The Joker," Bruce said.

Wayne was known for being a Batman fanatic and for wearing his favorite outfit all over town.

Morgan described Baker and Lancour as two young men who loved their parents and family. He couldn't have asked for better friends and he wishes there was something he could have done to save their lives.

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