WEYERS CAVE, Va. -- "When you hear something like that, your initial reaction is you think about your own mortality, and it's just really sad. I knew the family, and they're really great people," says Mario Dimeo, after hearing about a deadly car crash that took the life of one of his friends, 33-year-old Nicholas Broce.
Mario is the owner of Ciro's Pizza, which is not too far from were the crash took place. He says was shocked to hear the news that his friend is gone.
"We went through elementary school, middle school, high school so I've pretty much known him my whole life," says Dimeo.
Around 8 a.m. Monday Nicholas was traveling on Route 11 when his car collided head on with a Chevrolet pickup truck.
Nicholas and 65-year-old Geraldine Sprouse, who was the driver of the pickup truck, died at the scene.
Police say neither was wearing a seat belt. Sergeant Brian Edwards with the Waynesboro Police Department says that wearing a seat belt is a simple action that could save your life.
"It is 800 times more greater that you will die as a result of your injuries because you have left the vehicle and that vehicle could roll over on top of you or something like that," says Sgt. Edwards.
There are some who still question whether it's completely useful.
"Seat belts do save lives, but I had a cousin that passed away about 15 years ago and him wearing a seat belt crushed his ribs," says Dimeo.
We may not know whether wearing a seat belt would've save their lives, but the cause of the crash is still under investigation.