Family and hundreds of friends gathered at Santana High School on Saturday evening to honor the victims of a fatal crash on state Route 52 in Kearny Mesa earlier this week.
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The rollover crash on eastbound SR-52 at Convoy Street was reported at 11:46 p.m. Wednesday, according to the California Highway Patrol.
Witnesses told the CHP that five teens were in a Volkswagen Passat that was possibly racing a Volvo S40 at speeds between 100 and 110 miles per hour when the crash occurred. CHP officials said the teens in the Passat were students at Santana High School and were on their way home from a beach party in La Jolla.
The crash killed 16-year-old Jayli Campbell and 18-year-old Anthony Foreman.
"He was one of the first people that took the time and effort to be my friend," said one girl, who was referring to Campbell.
Scores of people at the vigil spoke about both Campbell and Foreman. People who did not know either of them quickly realized how special they were.
But the event was also about the living, specifically Charlotte McQuillen. She was also a passenger in the Passat that Campbell and Foreman were riding in.
"Charlotte is critical," said her father, Dean McQuillen. "She's stable. She's in a coma. We're just in a 'hurry up and wait' mode."
Dean McQuillen said his daughter did squeeze his hand on Saturday and she responded when her foot was tickled. Both are hopeful signs, he said.
Campbell and Foreman were ejected from the Passat and McQuillen was badly hurt. The Passat's driver, 16-year-old Zach Bishop, and another passenger in the back seat, 17-year-old Anthony Taylor, do not have life-threatening injuries.
Bishop will likely face charges. The driver of the Volvo, 18-year-old Michael Johnson, has already been charged with vehicular manslaughter and driving under the influence of marijuana.
But those issues were far away from the minds of those at Saturday's vigil.
"Jayli was just a great friend and he touched everyone that he talked to and made everyone happy," said 16-year-old Daniel Smith, who helped organize Saturday's vigil.
Smith also had this message for his peers.
"It's not a smart idea to speed," he said. "I know you'll feel cool doing it, but it's not the right thing to do."
The McQuillen family needs help with mounting medical expenses. If you'd like to help, you can visit a Wells Fargo Bank and reference account # 224 892 3806.
Or, checks can be made out to the "Charlotte McQuillen Donation Fund" and sent to: UPS Store in Santee 9625 Mission Gorge Road #B2-225 Santee, CA 92071
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