Family, friends mourn teen killed in Colusa Co. crash

8:37 PM, Sep 22, 2012   |    comments
Jordon Hillis died in a crash in Colusa County on Friday, Sept. 21.
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WILLIAMS, CA - One teen was killed and another injured in a crash in rural Colusa County Friday evening.

Jordan Lewis, 17, also known as Jordan Hillis according to friends, and his passenger Kyle Stacey, 16, were driving southbound on Lone Star Road, just north of Myers Road; when, after Lewis passed another vehicle directly in front of him, the 1997 Ford Explorer drifted off the right side of the road as Lewis attempted to return to the southbound lane.

California Highway Patrol said the SUV went off the asphalt and onto the dirt shoulder. Lewis attempted to turn the car back onto the road, but lost control of the car, which began to roll an unknown number of times.

The SUV came to a rest on its wheels on the northbound right shoulder on its wheels, CHP said.

Hillis was pronounced dead at the scene; Stacey suffered moderate injuries and was flown via helicopter to Enloe Medical Center in Chico.

Both teens were wearing seat belts.

Hillis and Stacey were on their way to a Colusa High School football game against Arbuckle to watch Hillis' brother John Barron play.

"I told myself that my mom and dad need me to be strong right now, to show them I am strong will show them they can be strong too," Barron said.

Barron, 17, said he found out about the crash at halftime.

"As soon as halftime came by, we were losing 14 to 0, and they pulled me out of the game," Barron recalled. "And it just so happens that they tell me that my brother has been in a car wreck."

Barron was shocked. He rushed home to be with his parents. The school held a vigil for Hillis right after the game ended.

"He's a great guy, he's always been there for me always showed his love for me," Barron said. "I wanted to be just like him."

An outpouring of love and support can be seen just from the memorial left after friends gathered at the high school to remember Hillis.

"He was just a great kid, funny, had a great sense of humor," Hillis' friend Brandon Nall said.

Friends set-up a Facebook page to honor Hillis.

FACEBOOK: Rest in Peace Jordon Hillis

Friends will remember Hillis as exciting player to watch on the basketball court; the school is even making plans to retire his jersey, which was number 12.


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