Batavia High School students gather to remember 17-year-old classmate

Posted at: 12/11/2012 8:57 PM
Updated at: 12/11/2012 11:49 PM
By: Don Hudson

Batavia High School students gathered to remember the life of a 17-year-old classmate.

A vigil was held Tuesday afternoon for Batavia High School student Collin Crane. Crane was killed after police say his car crossed the center line on Route 33 in Stafford Saturday night and was hit head-on by another vehicle.

Candles were lit in Collin Crane's memory.

Joe Danser, classmate, said, “He was nice kid to everybody. I don't think there was a person he didn't like.”

Tears were shed because he is gone.

Jessica McKinney, classmate, said, “He was a sweet kid. He didn't deserve to go. He was only 17.”

And a moment of reflection to remember why he was so loved.

Ron Jacobs, classmate, said, “I remember when I first came here in 8th grade, not knowing anyone. Collin and other people were the first people to meet me. He was one of my first and best friends.”

Students and faculty from Batavia High School gathered after classes Tuesday to honor Collin. They leaned on each other to deal with his death and try to come to grips with what just happened.

McKinney said, “You wouldn't picture someone at your school dying. You think it happens at other schools, not your school."

The quiet moment also allowed students who don't want to be alone right now to be with each other.

Danser said, "It's better to have people around you than to be by yourself."

And yet, even when it was over , they are still trying to make sense of losing a classmate and friend.

Jacobs said, "I don't know what to feel. I haven't known this to happen to anyone my age."

Collin's death is still under investigation. Right now, the burning question is why did his car swerve over the center lane and into traffic. Forty-nine year-old Carmen Vega of  LeRoy was driving that car and  is hospitalized with a severe leg injury.