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Friends, community decorate roadside memorial for teen

Memorial for Woodland Park teen growing

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Friends and even complete strangers flocked to a small memorial along Highway 24 on Saturday in honor of a Woodland Park High School student. Fifteen-year-old Kevin McDonald was killed in a car crash on his way to school on Friday morning.

People decorated the roadside memorial with flowers, posters and notes. There was a Broncos football along with blue and orange flowers.

Jamie Newman didn't know McDonald but she said she felt compelled to come out to the memorial and share her support for the family. She brought a necklace with a cross and a wrote a message to the family on a small sign.

"We are praying for them and we feel for them and there is no words to describe how they are feeling, I can't even imagine and I'm just so terribly sorry. I just wanted to show a little sign of support."

A memorial page was also started on Facebook for the teen. People shred their sympathies for the family and commented on photos of the teen.

McDonald was in a 1995 Jeep with a 17-year-old and a 14-year-old when it collided with a Lincoln SUV in front of Pikes Peak Regional Hospital on Highway 24. The two teens were injured. The 60-year-old woman in the SUV had minor injuries.

Newman said she hopes this is a walk-up call for people to watch their speed on the roads.

"[People] are in too much of a hurry to get places and if you think about it, if you slow down, you'll get there. But if you speed up and you crash, you can ruin someone's life or your own," said Newman. "If everyone would please slow down, please be careful, watch where you're going. Life is too valuable and too short."

She said she hopes more people will feel compelled to come out and support the grieving family.

Counseling will be available on Sunday in the Woodland Park High School library from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will also be a speaker from Pikes Peak Hospice on Wednesday in the high school's auditorium for parents on how to help kids with grief.

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