Friends and family took to social media over the holiday weekend to share grief over the loss of an 18-year-old killed in a traffic crash hours after his high school graduation.

Coroner Joe Page identified the victim as Dustin Scott Crooms, of Aspen Drive in Covington. Crooms was involved in a rollover crash on Saturday night, according to the Georgia Department of Public Safety.

Crooms graduated from Alcovy High School on Saturday morning.

"We were very sad to learn about Dustin's accident. He was well-loved by his friends and teachers at Alcovy High School," Newton County School System spokeswoman Sherri Davis-Viniard said Tuesday afternoon.

"This is just a devastating loss. Our thoughts are with his family during this difficult time."

At 11:16 p.m., troopers said, a 1987 Ford Ranger was traveling east in the 2700 block of Monroe-Jersey Road and negotiating a curve when Crooms lost control.

The vehicle left the roadway on the shoulder, where it struck an embankment. After impact, the SUV began to overturn, ejecting the driver. The vehicle then caught fire.

Troopers said bystanders pulled Crooms from the wreckage and performed CPR, but he was pronounced dead at 12:22 a.m. Sunday.

Crooms’ mother lives in Monroe, Page said.

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First, you said, "After impact, the SUV began to overturn, ejecting the driver."

Then, you said, "Troopers said bystanders pulled Crooms from the wreckage..."

Which is it? Do y'all ever proofread your text?

At any event, this is a heartbreaking and unnecessary tragedy and my heart and condolences go out to this young man's devastated family and friends. I'm so sorry.

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