WEAR YELLOW FOR HARPER: Classmates Honor Binghamton High School Student Killed In West Side CrashPosted: Updated:
Yellow was 17-year-old Harper Stantz's favorite color. On Wednesday afternoon, students at Binghamton High School gathered in the courtyard wearing yellow in support of their classmate, struck by an accused drugged driver. That gathering happened just half an hour before the school district confirmed Stantz had died of her injuries.
Friends and classmates of Harper Stantz wore yellow, her favorite color, in her honor on Wednesday. (Photo: Twitter)
Friends of Stantz say they began sharing these images across social media at around midnight on Tuesday.
On Wednesday, the Binghamton City School District issued a statement, saying their "hearts are heavy" with the loss of the high school junior. “She brightened the lives of all who knew her, and she will be profoundly missed. We extend our deepest condolences and support to the Stantz family as they cope with this immense loss," said the district in that statement.
When your heart hurts at the loss of a student, friend, daughter, granddaughter. But you see the love her classmates and school had for her. We will miss you Harper. ?? #BPatriotProud pic.twitter.com/TCKIJURAjh— Kelly Breward (@Brewardk) March 13, 2019
Harper Stantz was walking on the sidewalk on Beethoven Street in the city's west side with her friend, 19-year-old Britney Laserinko, when police say Kevin L Wilcox drove his vehicle up onto the sidewalk, striking both girls. Court documents say both girls suffered internal injuries and multiple broken bones. Laserinko is currently in stable condition and recovering at a Syracuse hospital according to the school district.
"Our continued thoughts are also with the family of Binghamton High School graduate Britney Laserinko, who was seriously injured in the accident and remains under medical observation at a Syracuse hospital. Britney has undergone significant surgery, and is currently in stable condition," says the school district.
Wilcox was arraigned in City of Binghamton Court on Tuesday on charges of driving while impaired and vehicular assault. Police say the investigation is ongoing.
Broome County District Attorney Stephen Cornwell has said he could not comment on the case, but on Thursday explained the process of how a felony case like this one goes from arrest to trial.
"One charge on a felony can start a case, but then in order to move forward you have to go through the grand jury process," says Cornwell.
At that point, more charges than what was on the original arrest can be added for the grand jury to consider. Cornwell says a grand jury can also request more charges be added.