Hilton teen killed in crash “loved life”

June 11, 2018 05:31 PM

The family of 18-year-old Paige Smith, all of her friends, classmates, and teachers are dealing with her sudden death.

Smith was a senior at Hilton High School. She was killed in a car crash in Greece Sunday night.

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On Monday, News10NBC was invited into Paige’s home where her parent’s dining room table was a tribute to their daughter.

The photos show Paige as a cheerleader at Hilton. Her mother said she was going to graduate high school on June 23 and then go to school for cosmetology.

On the top of her graduation cap, Paige taped “and so the journey begins.”

“She loved life,” Linda Smith said. “She was sassy. Just happy.”

On Sunday night, Paige was a passenger in a car traveling west on Latta Road. Her best friend and, fellow 18-year-old, Brianna Scarpulla was driving when the crash occurred. They were in a silver Volkswagen. 

Scarpulla is now being treated at Strong Hospital for non-life threatening injuries.  

There were no other occupants within the vehicle. 

Greece Police said it looked like the car lost control, the driver overcorrected, crossed the center lane and hit an SUV head-on.

The SUV was a red Chevrolet Traverse driven by a 64-year-old woman from Greece. She is also being treated for non-life threatening injuries at an area hospital. 

Sunday, Chief Phalen was asked to put the scene in perspective.

“You don’t. You don’t,” he said. “Two weeks from graduation. You don’t.”

At the scene Monday, the road was still stained from the oil and gas that leaked after the collision. There was broken glass, pieces of plastic from the cars and a small bouquet of flowers.

Paige Smith worked at Yolickity Frozen Yogurt Bar in Greece and was friends with her manager and former schoolmate Jordan Allen.

“I didn’t even have words when I found out. I thought it was like, not real,” Jordan Allen said. “First I got a text message and then I got a phone call from a friend who was in Paige’s graduating class crying and telling me that Paige had died. I just felt heartbroken.”

Jordan’s mother came to check on her at work.

“Your heart breaks. And you don’t want to see these kids go through the pain they’re going through and you just want to hug your kids closer and make sure you say you love them,” Cheryl Rivers said.

The Centers for Disease Control say crashes are the leading cause of death for teenagers.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety says June is the deadliest month for teenage drivers and passengers. In New York State, the number of fatal crashes involving teenagers dropped from 133 in 2012 to 99 in 2016.

In Monroe County last year there were three fatal crashes involving teenage drivers. Most of the fatal crashes here involve drivers in their 20’s.



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