MANTECA, Calif. - A Manteca teen killed by an alleged distracted driver early Saturday morning was identified as 14-year-old Zachariah Gomes.
Friends say the Manteca High School freshman was walking home with several teens after a bonfire when he was struck and killed.
"I was really sad. I really didn't believe it," said friend Priscila Guzman. "I think that's very irresponsible. That's not that important that somebody's life that just reach for a phone."
Ascari Johnson rode the bus with Zac every day last year. They were in the same math class.
"It's just crazy to lose a friend out of nowhere. Going to school Thursday and next day and find out on Instagram and Twitter. He's gone," said Ascari.
Friends say Zac was a fun-loving, positive guy who was in the Jr. Reserve Officers Training Corps.(ROTC).