Five teens in crash, one killed

December 29, 2008 2:36:36 PM PST
The Parkland High School flag flew at half staff Monday in honor of 16-year-old Joshua Booth, who was killed in a weekend crash.In all, five teenage boys were in a car that crashed Saturday night.

Friends Jeff Jaindl, Pat Stevens, Garrett Allen and Greg Altrichter were all critically wounded.

The five boys were on their way to a local theater to catch a movie.

They were travelling down Center Valley Parkway in Upper Saucon Township when they collided with a pick-up truck travelling in the opposite direction.

It was very foggy that night and investigators were back on the scene Monday morning trying to determine which vehicle crossed the median, into the other vehicle's path.

Friends are trying to come to grips with what happened.

"He sat at my lunch table, and so did Greg and Garrett, they all sit there with me," said friend Kaitlin Melendez, 16. "It's going to be hard."

Meanwhile, members of the victims' Boy Scout troop came to try and comfort Joshua's family.

Now they say, they need someone to comfort them.

"A car full of five guys wearing there seat belts who are all exemplary people, that something like this could happen to them... I found out right in the morning and I was in disbelief," said fellow Boy Scout Chris Whittaker.

"A kid that made you proud," said Assistant Scout Master Harold Whittaker. "He was a great kid and we all loved him."

Meantime, Kaitlin says she knows some day she'll look back on her time with Josh and smile, but that's not going to happen any time soon.

"I grew up with him but lost touch in middle school, but I got a second chance to be his friend again," she said.

The driver of the pickup truck is in stable condition.

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