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Friends remember Varina grad killed in school bus crash

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Rodney Roane Jr. (Source: Taniqua Norman) Rodney Roane Jr. (Source: Taniqua Norman)
Rodney Roane Jr. (Source: Ashley Stanley) Rodney Roane Jr. (Source: Ashley Stanley)
Rodney Roane Jr. (Source: Ashley Stanley) Rodney Roane Jr. (Source: Ashley Stanley)
A Henrico school bus crashed into another vehicle near Varina High School Monday morning. A Henrico school bus crashed into another vehicle near Varina High School Monday morning.
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HENRICO, VA (WWBT) -

Friends are sharing photos and memories of the Henrico man killed in a school bus crash Monday morning on New Market Road and Hickory Avenue.

Rodney R. Roane Jr., 23, was one of five people injured in the crash, including two teenage students. Roane's SUV crossed over the center line on New Market Road around 7:15 a.m. and crashed into an oncoming school bus. He later died from his injuries.

Roane graduated from Varina High. He was just 23 years old and lived five minutes from where the crash happened.

Four friends are looking for answers and are now holding onto each other for support. They visited the spot where Roane was killed Monday morning. Friend says he played football for Varina and was a member of the U.S. Army Reserve.

"I had actually texted him at 10 o'clock this morning and he didn't respond so I knew something was wrong," says Ashley Stanley.

Stanley and Taniqua Norman have known Roane since high school. In fact, Norman was supposed to meet him for lunch on Monday. They were going to celebrate their birthdays, which are only a day apart.

"When you met Rodney, you instantly fell in love with him," she said.

"Rodney was a wonderful person, and what happened this morning was a tragedy, I think, to our entire community," says Stanley.

The crash scene shut down New Market Road for hours. Friends say Roane was coming home from working a 10-hour shift. Henrico Police say he crossed the center lane and crashed into the school bus. Four people, including two students, were on their way to John G. Wood School, a private school for special needs children in the West End. They had minor injuries.

Right now, Norman says they're trying to be there for his mother.

"She's taking it how any mother would be taking it but she's holding up, she's surrounded with family and friends," she said.

Police are still trying to figure out what caused this crash.  Roane's friends say he also leaves behind two brothers.

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