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Family, friends mourn death of Hilton student killed in crash

HILTON, NY (WROC-TV) - A Hilton High School student was killed in a crash Sunday evening, just weeks before she was set to graduate.

Family members say 18-year-old Paige Smith was a passenger in the vehicle that police say crashed on Latta Road Sunday night. According to officers, the driver, Brianna Scarpulla, lost control and crossed over into the eastbound lane striking a red Chevy Traverse.

Sadly, Smith was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver was seriously hurt and is being treated at Strong Memorial Hospital.

The driver of the Chevy Traverse was also taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The investigation into the crash continues, police say. It's still not clear what happened, but officers say it appears speed played a role.

An online fundraiser created in Smith's memory has already raised thousands of dollars.

The creator of the fundraiser writes, "Paige Adele Smith was a shining star who brightened every life she touched. She was taken much too soon from us on June 10, 2018, just 2 weeks before her high school graduation."

It has been a difficult 24 hours for the school and especially for the family. Paige will be missed but her family and friends say her spirit will continue to live on.

Inside Hilton High School, Paige Smith and Brianna Scarpulla's friends came back to a somber day. Both girls were cheerleaders for the Hilton Cadets. Paige's friends say she was outgoing, fun and knew exactly what she wanted and her close friend Brianna they said she was sweet and kind.

Paige's cousins Christian and Jalen said her life ended too soon. "She had a great spirit she was really lovable," said Christian.

"She cared for a ton of kids in the high school she care for her whole school," Jalen added.

Hilton Central School District officials say counselors are available for students and staff grieving wth the loss.

A roadside vigil has also been set up along Latta Road.

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