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Students mourn Escondido teen killed in weekend crash

Posted at 10:46 PM, Jan 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-07 11:23:05-05

ESCONDIDO, Calif. (KGTV) -- Students at Classic Academy High School will return to school Tuesday without one of their own, who was tragically killed in a car accident over the weekend.

Jonah Staebell died early Saturday morning when the truck he was riding in crashed.

CHP officials say the accident happened at about 2:35 a.m. on Saturday on Summit Drive and Old Pasqual Road. Officers say seven teens were riding in a pick-up truck when the 18-year-old driver lost control and overturned. Five teens, including Staebell, were riding in the bed of the truck and all of them were ejected. Staebell died at the hospital.

Staebell's principal, Dana Moen spoke to 10News Monday night. Moen remembered Jonah as a beloved student who did well in the classroom and in athletics. Moen says Staebell played football, lacrosse, and was a dancer.

School officials tell 10News students officially go back to school on Tuesday and grief counselors will be on-site for as long as they're needed.

According to Moen, the other teens involved in the accident were all treated at the hospital but have since been released.

CHP says speed was a factor in the crash, but drugs or alcohol were not involved.

According to the family's GoFundMe page, Jonah was the youngest of four siblings.

If you'd like to donate to the GoFundMe, click here.