It has been almost 11 years since the tragic car accident that took the lives of five Fairport teenagers.
“It still feels like yesterday,” said Diane McClure, the mom of Meredith McClure.
On June 26, 2007, Hannah Congdon, Bailey Goodman, Meredith McClure, Sarah Monnat, and Katie Shirley were involved in a fatal car crash in Ontario County. The girls were on their way to Keuka Lake when the SUV they were riding in swerved into oncoming traffic, hitting a tractor trailer head on.
The group of friends died at the scene just five days after they graduated from Fairport High School.
“You can`t imagine the pain and there`s no other feeling like it,” said Katie Shirley`s mother, Stephanie Shirley.
The memories of that night came back for many of their families when they heard about Paige Smith. Smith was an 18-year-old high school senior at Hilton High School who was killed in a car accident Sunday, days before her graduation. Her friend Brianna Scarpulla was also injured and is expected to survive.
“It hurts very very bad but it does get better overtime but I feel very badly for the parents of that young lady,” said the father of Meredith McClure, Ray McClure.
More than a decade later, the Fairport 5 are being remembered as angels by their parents and an entire community.
“It could have been anybody`s daughter in the car that day and that`s why the outpour was so great,” said Shirley.
The family of the Fairport 5 will hold its 7th annual blood drive in memory of the girls on Thursday, June 14 from 1-7 p.m. at St. John of Rochester Church on Wickford Way. Organizers with the Red Cross are hoping to collect at least 100 units of blood.
“It reminds people that everybody's vulnerable and your life can be altered in one moment. We need to cherish each moment of the day and enjoy our children and just accept all that`s given to us,” said Stephanie Shirley.