Fairfield students mourn loss of classmate

Joshua Crain (Source: Fairfield City Schools)
Joshua Crain (Source: Fairfield City Schools)

By Tiffany Teasley – bio | email

FAIRFIELD, OH (FOX19) - Thursday was a somber day for students and staff at Fairfield High School.

"I sent Josh like 50 messages,"said Brandon Spelman, a friend of Josh, "like are you alright, text me back, please."

But 18-year-old Joshua Crain would never receive that message. Police say a pickup truck Crain was a passenger in was headed North on Gilmore Road, when the female driver, also a student in the district, crossed the median and hit a Ryder truck head on. Crain was pronounced dead at the scene.

"It's been a difficult day," said Fairfield High School Principal Billy Smith.

"Lots of tears, lots of hugs, it was very clear that Josh meant a lot to some specific people, he had some very close friends," said Kurt Fielden, a Fairfield High School teacher.

Friends like Brandon Spelman describe Josh as loyal friend, who loved art and had a creative mind.

"Anytime I was around him we would always have a good time," Spelman said.

Many teachers observed a moment of silence in classes in memory of Josh, and Smith says grief counselors have been on hand for students.

"A few students even came in prior to 7:00 a.m., to the start of the school day and we were able to spend some time with them," Smith said.

Students are keeping his memory alive on a memorial Facebook page as well as banners across the school honoring their beloved classmate.

"I will always remember Josh," Spelman said.

The 16 year-old driver of the pickup truck is said to be in critical but stable condition and has undergone some surgeries at University Hospital. Police are still interviewing witnesses and investigating what caused the crash.

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