Updated 05/01/2011 10:34 AM
Teen killed in car crash
Friends and family come together to remember a 17-year-old killed after a car crash Saturday morning and while the loss has yet to sink in, family members hope their story will serve as example for other teens to slow down behind the wheel. Our Brandon Walker has more.
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SCHAGHTICOKE, N.Y. -- "The last time I told him I loved him. We used to butt heads like teenage boys and father and sons. I hope he knows I did. I don't know though."
Bill Jarosz reflects on the past few hours as if he's attempting to move past a nightmare. That nightmare, though, is a reality. His son, Tyler Jarosz, 17, was killed in an early morning car crash Saturday.
"The only explanation was he took the turn too fast and hit a tree. He was just on his way home from work," Jarosz said.
Two New York State Troopers were patrolling a little after midnight when they came upon the crash at the intersection of New Turnpike Road and Haughney Road in Schaghticoke.
They called emergency services, who responded and used the jaws of life to free Jarosz. The high school junior was taken to St. Mary's Hospital, where he died from his injuries.
"We just heard the sirens and my wife knew something was wrong. Ten minutes later you get the knock at the door nobody wants to get and the State Police were there and they tell you your son is dead," Jarosz said.
The scene of the crash is now a memorial as friends and relatives alike attempt to fathom the unfathomable.
"Everything is going through my mind. I want to see the kid. I want to be with him. I was supposed to hang out with him last night," said Scott Linen, Tyler's cousin.
Classmates remembered their friend with a flower or a hug. They describe the honor student as outgoing.
"You walk down the hall and as soon as you see him your face brightens up,” said Kelly Vandenburgh, a classmate.
That glimmer of hope now side tracked by a makeshift memorial alongside the very road that led to Tyler's house. A story, with a message, says his father, for all teens to take note.
"Kids drive slow cause your parents don't want to go through this," Jarosz said.
Alcohol has been ruled out as a factor. Bill Jarosz says his son had been working extra hours, trying to save enough money in order to take his girlfriend to the prom.
Grief counselors will be on hand at Lansingburgh High School through the weekend and all next week.