Students wear white to honour victim of fatal crash
Hundreds of people at a west Quebec high school dressed in white Monday to remember a young man who was killed in a head-on crash involving a suspected drunk driver over the weekend.
Anthony McColl, 19, died Saturday when his car was hit by a Mazda Protegé that crossed the centre line on Highway 148, near Luskville, Que.
Brandon Crawford, the 20-year-old driver of the other vehicle, was also killed in the crash.
Police say they had been pursuing the Mazda for suspected impaired driving moments before the collision. When the chase got too fast, police called it off. A short time later, the two vehicles collided.
Two small crosses have since been erected at the site. One for McColl; and one for Crawford.
McColl had been driving four friends home from a party. All four female passengers were seriously injured.
McColl's sister, Alanna, who is in Grade 10, was also at the party. When she asked her brother for a ride home, he told her he didn't have any space left in his vehicle and gave her money to take a taxi with friends.
McColl, who grew up in Aylmer, attended D'Arcy McGee High School; and had been studying visual arts at Heritage College in Gatineau since his graduation.
His former classmates decided to wear white Monday to honour their friend. Many at D'Arcy McGee High School also signed a pledge to never allow a friend to get in a car with a drunk driver.
Despite the weekend tragedy, McColl's sister managed to go to class on Monday. She says it's incredibly empowering to see so many people wearing white in memory of her brother.
A crisis intervention team is also on hand at the school to help students deal with their grief.