SALINA, Kan. (KAKE) - People have been leaving candles, flowers, and other mementos at a memorial to pay tribute to the two teens who were lost in a fatal crash on Friday in Salina.

"I saw the cop cars and ambulance. And it was just kind of devastating, because like, you know, I said, I knew Vance from elementary school," says schoolmate Ariana Baltazor. "So it's kind of hard. Losing someone that you kind of grew up with."

Baltazor was one of the many friends and classmates of 17-year-olds Vance McComber and Anthony Windell, who paid their respects at the site of the crash.

Saline County Sheriff Roger Soldan said that evidence shows the teens were drag racing in a Camaro, when they hit a Chevy pickup truck at a high speed near the intersection of West Crawford and Fairchilds Road.

"I don't think the driver of the car probably realized there was someone coming, whether he was distracted by what was going on in his car, or if he's paying attention to who he was racing. Or if this was the sun that affected him."

Soldan said that people who are driving at a high rate of speed don't realize how fast they can close in on other cars, and how deadly the impact can be.

He said that accidents involving drag racing happen all too often.

"Our public roadways aren't the place to be having drag races," Soldan said. "And it's an unfortunate thing. I've seen it too many times in the past with kids."

Now, a community is left grieving the loss of two young men.

Baltazor said that McComber and Windell were loved deeply by their friends and family.

"I remember Vance being a really funny dude. people liked him," Baltazor said. "He was known as being funny and outgoing."

The driver of the truck that was hit was 41-year-old Rosa Vasquez. She and her 12-year-old daughter were transported to the hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries.