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Hilton community rallying around cheerleaders after crash; calling hours set

Brianna Scarpulla (L) is recovering from a Sunday evening crash in Greece. Fellow Hilton High School cheerleader Paige Smith (R) was killed in the crash. (Photos: Provided by family)

Hilton, N.Y. (WHAM) - The Hilton community is building itself up this week after two young women were involved in a serious car crash Sunday evening.

Paige Smith, 18, was killed when the car she was riding in collided with an SUV on Latta Road. The driver of the car, 18-year-old Brianna Scarpulla, remains in Strong Memorial Hospital in satisfactory condition. The driver of the SUV, a 64-year-old woman, was treated for minor injuries and released.

"It's hard to get through, but Brianna is going to get through it," said Dominic Faticone, a friend.

He said Brianna is energetic and a good friend.

"When she gets better, we are going to be together every day," he said. Her friends are all eager for her speedy recovery and to learn when she will have the chance to come home.

"There is also grieving, so there is rallying and support for Bri and the grieving and sadness for Paige," said Brian Bartalo, Hilton High School's principal.

Calling hours for Smith are scheduled to be held on Saturday, June 16 from 1-4 p.m. at Thomas E. Burger Funeral Home on East Avenue in Hilton. A private service for the family will be held at 4 p.m.

RELATED: Paige Smith remembered: "I just wish she was still here"

Several of Brianna's friends say they are cheering her on and talking about plans for after she is released from the hospital.


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