H-SANTA MARIA

Jun 21, 2013 8:29 PM by April Hansen, KSBY News

Cousin of crash victim remains in hospital

KSBY has learned more about the car crash that killed Santa Maria High School graduate, Jade Marie Dodson.

The 18-year old was a passenger in a car driven by her cousin, Robert Carag, 19.

Carag is still in critical condition at the hospital and his mother says he is not doing well.

Jade's 7-year old sister was treated for a large cut on her head and is recovering.

Police say the driver of the truck that hit them, Cristian Carbajal, 19, ran a red light Tuesday night at Broadway and McCoy in Santa Maria.

A memorial to Jade at that intersection continues to grow and is flooded with flowers, letters and chalk art from family and friends.

Jade graduated from Santa Maria High School two weeks ago.

Teachers and friends say she was a standout student and a star tennis player for the Lady Saints.

The team held a memorial scrimmage in honor of Jade on Thursday and wore jade-colored ribbons while they played.

Her tennis coach says she had a vibrant personality and was always laughing.

She says Jade was a competitive player with a strong serve and backhand swing.

Carbajal, the man charged with vehicular manslaughter and three counts of reckless driving causing great bodily injury, remains in jail on $500,000 bail.

Jade's family says funeral services have not yet been arranged.

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