'Great kids' mourned after Unity crash; sole survivor in fair condition
“It’s really affected the community, all the children. They were just great kids,” Jack McClay, owner of Out of the Ordinary pizza restaurant in Claremont, said. “It’s touched a lot of lives.”
Carrier is also a Stevens High School student, SAU #6 Superintendent Middleton McGoodwin said on Monday.
McGoodwin said staff became aware that many of the students affected were going directly to the crash site in Unity, so many counselors went there to help students. McGoodwin said he also spent several hours at the crash site, where a memorial has been created for the students.
“We are very sensitive to the impact this has had on the community and we are ready to respond accordingly,” McGoodwin said.
Rock was the son of his wife’s cousin’s son, he said. “Sweet kid, always laughing, always smiling. I don’t remember a time that he was every upset about anything.”
“He was just a salt-of-the-earth kid. Just a wonderful person. Lit up the room when he walked in. Everybody loved him,” McClay said. “Some of the kids that went to school with him, the employees here at work, they all loved Jon. He was just an amazing person. The world is really missing something.”
McClay said he started the memorial of candles and flowers at the crash site.
Teens who gathered there Sunday evening did a memorial procession of vehicles through Unity and Claremont, he said.
Many of the teens are also volunteering to remove the tree and car debris from the crash site as soon as it is appropriate, he said.
There has also been an outpouring from the community online.
“My heart hurts. I’m sad. I’m confused as to why such great people get taken from us, let alone at such a young age,” said a friend of Bailey’s, Tori Lynn, on Facebook.
Police said the black 1997 Saab 9000 was traveling northbound on West Unity Road at a high rate of speed when the driver lost control, striking a tree and splitting the Saab in two separate pieces.