Two little boys who had planned to spend a sunny Saturday afternoon playing together remained in intensive care Monday after a York crash that killed another passenger in the car.
Princeton McClain, 8, a rising third-grader at York's Cotton Belt Elementary, was in critical condition Monday morning but was upgraded to serious by early evening, according to a spokesman for Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte. He had not yet regained consciousness, a family member said.
His cousin, Lavarious Judge, 8, a rising third-grader at Clover's Bethel Elementary, was in serious condition in intensive care in the morning and was upgraded to fair in the evening, the hospital spokesman said.
"He knows his mother, grandmother and dad," said his cousin, Tiara Adams, 19, of York. "He opens his eyes and moves his hands."
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Parker Funeral Home is handling funeral arrangements for Valorie Page, 42, of York. Page, who lived in York and whose son just graduated from York Comprehensive High, was riding in the car's back seat with the children, according to York Police.
The accident happened between 3 and 3:30 p.m. Saturday at the intersection of S.C. 5 bypass and Hunter Street. Princeton McClain's mother, Ywonda Adams, 32, of 265 Mighty Joe Trail, York, was driving her Honda westbound on the bypass and attempted a left turn onto Hunter Street when a Ford van eastbound on the bypass struck the passenger side of the Honda.
Page was pronounced dead at the scene. The children were airlifted to CMC. Page's fiance, Jeffrey Porter, 32, of York, seated in the front passenger side, was treated and released from Piedmont Medical Center.
Police are awaiting toxicology reports.
Adams and Page were best friends, said Tiara Adams, the driver's niece. They traveled back and forth to work, first on the night shift at Pharr Textiles and more recently at Gempak near Charlotte. Page, whom a former neighbor described as a hardworking mother who could warm people with her laugh, was the godmother of Adams' daughter.
Medics restarted Princeton McClain's heart at the scene, the niece said. Cotton Belt Principal Mark Hendry described the rising third-grader, whose nickname is "P," as "a sweet kid and shy."
"His teacher said he would always ask if he needed help," Hendry said. "He always wanted to do his very best."
The niece described Lavarious, nicknamed "Boosie," as more outgoing.
"He's talkative, and he gets his way," she said. "He likes to ride his 4-wheeler and play video games."
Well-wishers Monday had placed teddy bears on and at the bottom of the pole where the crash occurred.