GREENPORT, N.Y. (NEWS10) – A 17-year-old teen has died after a car crash in Greenport early Friday morning, just hours before her high school graduation.
State police say a 16-year-old girl was driving south when she drifted off the roadway. 17-year-old Alyssa Christiana of Coxsackie was sitting in the backseat and suffered serious injuries.
She was transported to Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson and was later air-lifted to Albany Medical Center where she later died.
This morning Coxsackie police posted on their Facebook page saying their thoughts were with Alyssa’s family and saying they were “Indian strong!”
The love for Alyssa is evident across Facebook, as friends and family shared photos of Alyssa and a picture of her in her graduation cap.
“Everybody loved her,” said Scarlett Bain, one of Alyssa’s friends. “Everybody was friends with her. I honestly don’t know one person that wasn’t friends with her. She just treated everybody equally. No one was different in her eyes.”
The Coxsackie-Athens School District confirmed Saturday that Alyssa was a member of the Class of 2016.
In a Facebook post, the school district said, “”Please keep Alyssa’s family and friends in your thoughts and prayers.”
Bain says Alyssa was supposed to graduate from Coxsackie Athens High School Friday night.
Bain says everyone at the graduation Friday night was very emotional. The ceremony began with a moment of silence.
When Alyssa’s name was called, Bain has something special planned in remembrance.
“I set off the balloons for her so that was kind of like her receiving her diploma,” said Bain, “I know it’s just balloons but it was still my way of saying hey you did it, congratulations.”
“Everyone just kind of started tearing up. I know I did,” said Shylee Bain, one of Alyssa’s classmates.
Shylee says Alyssa would always brighten everyone’s day.
“If somebody was upset, the first thing she would do was stop what she was doing and go to make sure that they were okay,” said Shylee Bain.
Scarlett says Alyssa was also down to Earth and loved being silly.
But most of all, they say Alyssa will be remembered for her loving nature.
“She was going to go far with helping people and she didn’t deserve what had happened at all,” said Shylee Bain.
State police say two other teens in the crash were transported to the hospital with minor injuries.
The crash is still under investigation, but police say it does not appear the driver was under the influence of alcohol.
The Coxsackie-Athens School District says they will announce the time and place of services when they become available.