Huntington Beach residents are in grief after two brothers, both adolescents were killed in a collision with a city car early Monday.
Joshua Page, 18, and his younger brother Jeremy Page, 17, were driving approximately 8:15 a.m. on Monday when they were engaged in a crash near the intersection of Newland Street and Yorktown Avenue in their older model Ford F-250.
The driver of the other automobile, a white 2018 Chevy Silverado belonging to the City of Huntington Beach, was unharmed.
The Irvine Police Department will lead the investigation because one of the cars involved in the incident belongs to the City of Huntington Beach, according to HBPD.
When officials got on the scene, Joshua and Jeremy Page, both of Westminster, were taken to hospitals.
The older brother, Joshua Page, died in the hospital on Monday, according to the Orange County coroner’s office. Early Tuesday morning, officials announced Jeremy Page’s death.
According to police, drugs or alcohol did not appear to be a part in the incident, and the cause is still being investigated.
Hundreds of people attended a prayer vigil at Edison High School to show their support for the Page family, which has been saddened by the loss of two boys.
Rachael Arnold, Josh Page’s girlfriend, spoke at the vigil, claiming that Josh had recently given her a promise ring. She told NBC4 about her boyfriend’s ambitions to join the US Navy and work as an underwater welder one day.
But, according to Arnold, it was his younger brother Jeremy who he looked up to the most because of his nice and caring nature.
The devastating news came just hours after police in the same city held a procession and memorial service for a fallen cop. As the procession went by outside Edison High School on Tuesday morning, students paid their respects.
“Seeing, on social media especially, it’s impacted a lot of people regardless of if you knew them or not,” said high school student Molly Haney. “I think it’s really just a whole energy we’ve created here at the school.”
Edison High School had counsellors visit on Tuesday to help students and staff heavily affected by the loss.
“That’s a tragedy,” said Huntington Beach resident Ron Morales said. “And it’s all right here.”
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