EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- Friends say Caston Arnold and Brady Wolfe were just hanging out, watching movies at a friend's house. The crash happened when the two young men headed back to Cornell, where they're both from.
Arnold’s friends say they'll miss the man who will forever be remembered as an outstanding athlete and an overall great guy.
“Caston was one of a kind,” said 19-year-old Kateri Edming who has known Arnold since high school.
Edming says Arnold and Wolfe came to visit her that night. After watching movies on Netflix, the two left to see another group of friends, but said they'd come back.
“Me and Kateri stayed up for about an hour waiting for them to come back. They didn't come back so we figured they headed home,” explained Arnold’s close friend Dylan Goller.
In the morning Goller got a heart wrenching phone call. Arnold and Wolfe were critically injured when their car hit a semi-truck. Goller and Edming rushed to the hospital.
“I got to hold his hand before he was gone. I kept hoping that he would squeeze my hand, just held him as tight as I could,” said Edming.
“Me and him got to sit in a room alone for 5 minutes. I held his hand, talked to him; just hoping he'd get through it and stuff. Told him of all good memories we had playing football together. I told him I loved him, gave him a kiss, and I walked out,” said Goller.
Both Goller and Edming said they're glad they had a chance to say goodbye.
Friends said Arnold was the life of the party and loved by all. A good athlete Arnold played football and basketball for Cornell. Friends said he wanted to join the army this coming year.
“Basketball was his favorite. We would go play horse sometimes and he would always win,” remembered Edming.
“Favorite part about him is just seeing him grow up, changing into the man he was today. You walk into a room and he starts laughing and his laugh would make you laugh so much harder,” said Goller.
Arnold’s friends said his tragic passing is a big loss to the entire community.
“Everybody that has ever met Caston, they're not going to forget him,” added Goller.
And with a heavy heart, Edming and Goller say they're forever grateful that at least they got a chance to know Arnold and call him a friend.
Friends of Arnold and Wolfe said they're hoping for Wolfe’s speedy recovery and will be with him every step of the way. They said Arnold’s wake is scheduled for Tuesday.