The Hudson Falls High School community is mourning the loss of a student who passed away following a weekend automobile crash. Our Matt Hunter reports.
HUDSON FALLS, N.Y. – Described by teachers as quiet, smart and respectful, Skylar Wilson belonged to the science club and took advanced placement classes at Hudson Falls High School. On Sunday, the 15-year-old freshman lost her life one day after an automobile accident.
"There isn’t an adult I have talked with that hasn’t mentioned how sweet, smart and quiet and what a great kid she was overall,” said Hudson Falls School District Superintendent Linda Goewey. “It will be a huge loss for our school district."
According to State Police, Wilson was a passenger in her father’s pickup truck Saturday night when it hit a patch of ice on Mahaffy Road in Argyle, skidded out of control and crashed into a tree. Seated in the backseat and wearing a seatbelt, the young girl was airlifted to Albany Medical Center where she died a day later.
"An accident is a terrible thing but I always think it is so much worse when a child is involved,” Goewey said. “It is hard for everyone."
Wilson's father and sister, who's a senior at the high school, suffered minor injuries. Troopers say no tickets will be issued after determining the crash was caused by an icy roadway.
Goewey says grief counselors and school psychologists have been helping classmates cope with Wilson's loss.
"Mostly they are sad and they want to talk to somebody about it, they are not used to death, a lot of them," she said.
In hopes of keeping her daughter’s memory alive, Goewey says Skylar’s mother plans to name a scholarship in honor of her daughter at Hudson Falls High School.
"When something horrible like this happens, you feel like you want to do something,” said Goeway, who added students will wear Skylar’s favorite colors blue and white on Friday and raise funds for the scholarship. “It is like keeping her memory alive for us."