HEBRON, Conn. (WTNH) -- There was a vigil Tuesday night for a Hebron teen, killed in a car accident just weeks before the start of her senior year.
The 17-year-old was a passenger in a car that went off the roadway on West Street, slamming into a tree. News 8 was told she wasn't wearing a seatbelt.
It hasn't even been 24 hours since the popular teen died on a Hebron road where neighbors rushed to her aid, but it was too late.
Now, a community mourns the loss.
Full of promise, 17-year-old Paige Houston was a cheerleader about to start her senior year. Now, friends, parents, and educators hold onto memories of her.
"She was fantastic and well liked by many, many kids," said Scott Leslie, principal.
More than 100 came for a vigil at RAHM high school.
Police say she died around one Tuesday morning, when they say she was with three other teenagers driving along West Street. Police say she was in the back middle seat, without a seatbelt, when neighbors woke up to the noise of the crash.
"I heard a big bang and my wife says did you hear that, and I says yeah," said Rod Goodale, a neighbor.
Police say the pickup truck they were traveling in came from a stop sign, lost control along the road and crashed into a tree. Dozens came out to the site to pay their respects.
"It really kind of hit home for some, it's a sad day," said Sean Bator, a friend.
His daughter cheered with Houston and he was one of the dozens who pulled over there. Some came to pray, others to grieve, as word spread, even more came to the vigil.
"All of the kids we've spoken to, they really needed an outlet, they needed some place to gather," said Leslie.
Three other teens were in the car. The driver suffered a broken arm but all are expected to be ok.
Police are still investigating what caused him to lose control of the truck. Meanwhile more grief counselors will be on hand there for students Wednesday.
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