Friends remember teen killed in car crash

Posted at 10:25 PM, Apr 21, 2012
and last updated 2012-04-23 07:02:24-04

About a hundred people went surfing at Sandbridge on Saturday to remember a Virginia Beach teen killed in a car crash this week.

The "paddle out" was held for James Normile, 16, because of his love of surfing.

"No one really talked at all, we were all just thinking about him.  Everyone had a smile on their face, cuz we were just remembering him and what he did for us," said Taylor Schoephoerster, a friend of James.

Schoephoerster said James was a true friend who could make a bad day better.

"He always made us laugh and he always put a smile on our face," said Schoephoerster.

One of his former teachers was also at the "paddle out."

"James is a parent's dream, he's a teacher's dream, I had James in class last year," said Debbie Robertson, "he was a great student, he was smart, he would do anything you asked him."

James was killed this week when the family's SUV ran off Highway 58 in Suffolk, hit a culvert and flew before landing on its side.  Police say nobody in the car was wearing a seat belt. Other family members in the car were either thrown from the SUV or pinned inside and were taken to the hospital.