SNELLVILLE - Brookwood High School's football team is praying their quarterback Daniel Peek recovers from serious injuries sustained Saturday night in a one-car accident, said receiver Travis Billings.
"All we can do is pray ... pray for him and his family," said Billings, a junior at Brookwood. "If anyone can fight through it, it's Daniel Peek."
Peek was listed in serious condition at Gwinnett Medical Center as of press time Monday, police said.
The 17-year-old was thrown from a Jeep Cherokee on Saturday night while he was driving south on Highpoint Road in Snellville.
According to the preliminary investigation, it appears Peek failed to round a curve at 11:06 p.m. and hit a mailbox, causing the Jeep to overturn; alcohol and speed may have contributed to the crash, said Gwinnett County police spokesman Cpl. Darren Moloney.
Peek was not wearing his seat belt, Moloney said.
A blood test will reveal if Peek had been drinking, and Moloney said it should take about a week for results from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. Police will continue to investigate how fast Peek was driving and where he was going.
"Investigators will go back out to the scene and take precise measurements and question people to find out the why and the where," Moloney said.
Brookwood Principal Jane Stegall told students about the accident during announcements Monday, said Sloan Roach, spokeswoman for Gwinnett County Public Schools. Counselors were available all day to talk to students.
"This sometimes can be the first time a teen has (known) someone hurt in an accident like this," Roach said.
Peek's friends and teammates gathered Monday afternoon at Brookwood High School at The Lodge. Spring practice was supposed to start Monday, but Brookwood football coach Mark Crews canceled practice for the day.
"Obviously we're all hopeful for the best, but he's hurt pretty bad," Crews said. "I told (the players) to be ready to practice (today), or to do whatever. We may practice or if it's a situation where we need to help Daniel and his family, we'll do that instead of practice.
"I don't know how important football is right now. I don't feel much like coaching right now, and I don't think our kids feel like being coached. There are other things more important than football right now."
Brookwood senior Harrison Turner said he came to The Lodge to show his respect and support for Peek.
"He's just a good guy," Turner said. "He's just in a bad situation right now."
Adam Garrison, a junior, said Peek is one of the hardest workers on the team.
"When we would do weight training, he'd be in there, already doing reps, and he'd still be going strong when you were done," Garrison said.
Peek led Brookwood to the second round of the state playoffs as a junior and accounted for 12 touchdowns.
Sports editor Will Hammock contributed to this report.