Fifteen-year-old David Alexander Julien was bleeding in the back seat of a car on Sunday night when the driver and other passenger took off running, according to witnesses.

The white Honda Accord had slammed into a power pole on Cranberry Crescent in Dartmouth at around 10 p.m.

The Grade 10 Prince Andrew High School student died at the scene.

Ryan Farrant lives nearby and heard a vehicle screeching around the neighbourhood about 20 minutes prior to the crash. He went running when he heard “a loud crashing sound.”

“It was an absolute mess: the car was practically bent in half, the drivers side was completely caved in, they hit a green bin so there was garbage and organics all over the road, glass was everywhere,” he wrote in an email to Metro.

The driver and other passenger were gone by the time Farrant arrived on scene. And it was when he reached in to shut the car off that he noticed the injured boy in the back seat.

“Seeing David bleeding as bad as he was really shook me up, it really hit me later on when I realized I was one of the last people to see this kid fighting for his life, a fight as we know he lost,” he wrote of the Dartmouth resident.

“Someone’s baby died that night and I only wish I could have done more.”

The most sickening part of this situation, said Farrant, is that the two other occupants of the vehicle left Julien behind.

“Those two who abandoned him had better live with the guilt of it for the rest of their lives.”

Two men, both 18, turned themselves in to police at 10:45 a.m. yesterday.

Halifax Regional Police spokeswoman Theresa Rath said no charges had been laid as of yesterday afternoon.

“At this point, it’s too early to tell,” she said about possible charges. “We’re still trying to determine who the driver is and who the passenger is and piecing everything together.”

Police believe speed and possibly drugs and alcohol were factors in the crash. The car was not stolen and Julien wasn’t wearing a seatbelt.