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Empire High School QB killed in early morning crash

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Empire High School QB killed in early morning crash

CREATED Dec 16, 2012 - UPDATED: Dec 16, 2012

Web Producer: Rikki Mitchell

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - A 16-year-old Tucson boy was killed early Sunday morning when he was ejected from a car on Interstate 10.

A spokesperson with the Arizona Department of Public Safety tells KGUN9 that shortly after midnight, Grayson Weeks was traveling in a car with four other teenagers when the driver ran off the roadway on I-10 near Marsh Station Road.

The driver tried to swerve back on the road but the car rolled, ejecting Weeks who was not wearing a seat belt.

Another car heading eastbound struck Weeks, who was pronounced dead on scene.

Weeks was the quarterback for the Empire High School football team.

Empire High School's principal Matt Donaldson sent KGUN9 this email Sunday:

"It's a very tragic loss for our school and community. Grayson was a very talented and caring young man. Our hearts go out to his family and friends."

The other four teenagers, including the driver, were taken to local hospitals for their injuries. Two have already been released.

Neither the driver or the passenger of the second car who hit Weeks sustained any injuries.

I-10 eastbound was closed for more than three hours after the crash.