Families say driver didn't know the dangers of Boston Road

6:03 PM, Jun 5, 2012   |    comments
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BRUNSWICK --  Paula and Jerry Chaya are still coming to terms with the deadly accident that claimed their son and three of his friends.  A fifth victim, Julia Romito, has been released from Southwest General Hospital.

The Chaya's say Jeff was the kid who had a smile for everyone.  He wanted to be a Physical Education teacher and work with children.  He started early, volunteering his time with Big Brothers, Big Sisters and mentoring a child.

Debbie Boehmke, who was his BBBS supervisor said Jeff told her that he'd had a great childhood and he wanted to give that to a child in need. 

"The kids would light up when he came into the room," Debbie says.

Jeff was the driver of the car that crashed after being launched over the railroad tracks on Boston Road in Columbia Township.  His mother says Jeff wasn't familiar with the road.

His best friend Blake Bartchak was in the front passenger seat.  Blake's brother, Brent, disputes the OSP report that indicated Jeff was speeding.  The Chevy Cavalier landed sixty feet away from the tracks, lost control, flipped and hit a tree, killing three instantly.   

Brent says he's now determined to make the crossing on Boston Road safer. 

"I want to get flashing lights put in, this isn't going to happen again,"  Brent says.


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