Driver in fatal crash turns himself in
The driver in a fatal one car crash turned himself in to the Chautauqua County District Attorney's Office Friday - after investigators say he fled the scene early Thursday morning. YNN's Kaitlyn Lionti tells us more about passenger who was killed, and how he's being remembered.
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SILVER CREEK, N.Y. — A memorial marks scene of the crash that killed 22-year-old Jeremy Long early Thursday morning in Silver Creek.
"Jeremy was a really fun, outgoing, loving person. He had the hugest heart. I mean, we all had our cliques in high school, you know, there was different groups, but Jeremy was one that could get along with pretty much anybody," said Jane Hogg, Long's friend.
Hogg graduated with Long from Silver Creek High School in 2008.
His school counselor described Long as a very passionate person with a big heart, who always stood up for other kids.
"We kept in touch over the years, so I'm glad I did," said Hogg.
Hogg says she works near where Long worked at Aunt Millie's Family Restaurant, and would give him a ride sometimes so they could catch up.
The general manager at Aunt Millie's says Long was a good kid, whom he called "surfer dude" because of his blonde hair.
He says the driver of the car, 22-year-old Jeremiah Burgess, also worked at the restaurant and says the two worked hard and played hard.
When first responders found the car Thursday, Long was dead inside and Burgess was nowhere in sight.
"I've seen things on Facebook, going from he's a coward, he's just a kid, to he's heartless. But then, there's feeling sorry for him like he was scared, he didn't know what to do," said Hogg.
But Hogg says she wants people to focus on her friend, "I want everyone to remember what a kind person he was and we should all be thankful that we had the opportunity and the chance to be part of his life."
The investigation is ongoing, but investigators say speed and alcohol were involved in the crash.
They say Burgess gave them a statement and formal charges are pending.