18-year-old Hilton student dead after crash in Greece
By Spectrum News Staff
GREECE, N.Y. — The Hilton community is in mourning Monday: A student is dead and another is seriously injured after a car crash in the town of Greece.
Greece police say 18-year-old Paige Smith was killed on Latta Road just before 6:30 p.m. Sunday.
They say Smith was a passenger in a vehicle driven by an 18-year-old Hilton student — she was taken to Strong Memorial Hospital. Police believe she crossed the center line, crashing head on with a vehicle driven by a woman in her 60s. That driver was also taken to Strong and is expected to survive.
Police say they’re still trying to figure out what caused the teen’s car to cross over the line.
“There’s some indication that they may have been communicating with another vehicle somehow or waving or something to that effect,” said Patrick Phelan, Greece Police Chief. “We’re working all of that out right now.”
Police closed the road for most of the night while investigating.
Dozens of students from Hilton High School, as well as others from the community gathered at the school’s football field to hold a vigil for the victim, holding candles to pay their respects.
Students say Monday was emotional inside the school as students mourned for the loss of their classmate and that many students didn’t show up for tests. They said how nice Paige was and how she will be very missed. They also had a banner inside the school for students to sign.
“You can see how much it’s affecting everyone,” said Aleah Hughes, sophomore at Hilton High School. “With Paige gone and Bri in the hospital it’s taking a huge effect on everyone even principals came last night crying — it’s taking a huge impact on everyone.”
Hilton school district officials say that counselors are available to students and staff.