Edison High community turns out for vigil in support of brothers killed in car crash
Hundreds gathered on the Edison High School campus in Huntington Beach Monday night for a candlelight vigil for brothers Josh and Jeremy Page.
Josh Page, 18, a senior at Edison High, was killed in a crash between the pickup truck he and his younger brother were in collided with a city of Huntington Beach vehicle Monday morning at the intersection of Newland Street and Yorktown Avenue.
His younger brother, Jeremy, 17, a sophomore, was in the hospital in critical condition but later died, an official confirmed Tuesday.
Although Orange County Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman Carrie Braun did not release the name of the deceased due to his juvenile status, she did confirm that the 17-year-old passenger of the pickup truck died late in the evening Monday.
The Page brothers leave behind their parents, John and Shaya, and older brother Jovanni. A GoFundMe has been set up by Edison High wrestling club president Ed LaLonde to support the family, and nearly $80,000 had been raised as of Tuesday morning.
Josh Page’s girlfriend of more than two years, Rachael Arnold, told grievers that Josh planned on joining the U.S. Navy this summer and hoped to study underwater welding.
“He would make sure that when I would go to bed, I was asleep, and he would turn off the lights and say goodbye to my dog and cat,” Arnold said. “He was that kind of guy. He really loved everybody he met ... and he was strong, even though he was probably the most stubborn person, next to me.”
Josh and Jeremy Page both played football at Edison High. Both linemen, they wore jersey numbers 56 and 57.
“You can always tell a lot about somebody by just the way they treat people,” said Edison football coach Jeff Grady, who coached the eldest brother, Jovanni, as well as Josh and Jeremy.
“The Page brothers, all three of them ... they treat people the way they wanted to be treated, and they’re just special, special guys.”
Josh and Jeremy were described as loving the outdoors; Josh had recently earned a promotion to Eagle Scout within his Boy Scout Troop 558.
“Most of all, he would want you to go do a workout,” Arnold said, laughing through her tears. “He would want that more than anything. So sometime this week, I better see everybody at YMCA doing a bench press, because that’s the Josh workout.”
Irvine police are investigating the crash because a Huntington Beach city vehicle was involved in the incident, Huntington Beach public affairs manager Jennifer Carey said.
Police responded to the scene at around 8:15 a.m. Monday, Carey said. They found a white 1990 Ford F-250 that had collided with a white 2018 Chevrolet Silverado belonging to the city of Huntington Beach.
Two male teenagers were found inside the F-250 and transported to local hospitals. The driver of the other vehicle, a 38-year-old male, was uninjured, the news release indicated. Officials did not say whether the driver of the Silverado was a city employee or if he was on duty at the time of the crash.
Anthony Yturralde, who lives around the corner from the accident site, said he saw the passenger side of the F-250 bent around a post when he drove by the site around 9 a.m.
“It was so mangled up,” Yturralde said. “That’s what made think that whoever was in it, it was going to be very tough on them. The other vehicle didn’t look like it was damaged that much.”
Daily Pilot photo editor Raul Roa contributed to this report.
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