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Batavia community mourns teen's death

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Family and friends mourned the loss of a Batavia teen Monday after he was killed in a head on collision in Stafford Saturday night. YNN's Meg Rossman has more on the death of 17-year-old Collin Crane and how the community is coping.

BATAVIA, N.Y. — "I got the call Saturday night. I was at a Christmas party and left right away," Nick Martell explained.

The Batavia Ramparts head coach then drove straight to the home of 17-year-old Collin Crane, who was killed in a head on collision in Stafford Saturday night.

"He was funny,” Martell said. “He had that sense of humor that would get you every time, he was just, never said a bad thing about anyone."

Police say the high school senior and Batavia Ramparts forward was headed home from work on Route 33 in Stafford when his car crossed the median and veered into oncoming traffic.

The impact left Crane dead at the scene and a community reeling.

"Definitely had a great sense of humor with those he was close with,” Batavia High School Principal Shawn Clark said. “He was a very hard working student, had a great core of friends."

Friends who spent their first day back to Batavia High School since Collin's death working to honor their friend instead of grieving.

"They're in different emotional states, and that's OK. This is very difficult for all of us,” he said. “They talked about bracelets in his honor, some things in the yearbook, a candlelight vigil."

It's a task Martell and the rest of Crane's teammates have taken on as well. Monday, he planned to present Crane's jersey to his family, Collin's father is an assistant coach on the team.

"We had our first practice back last night and we're doing alright,” Martell said. “It's hard for them.”

Martell said Collin planned to follow in his father's footsteps and coach a youth hockey team that his brother plays on. Grief counselors will be available at Batavia High School as needed.

Police say the cause of the accident is still under investigation.

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