The driver who survived a crash in Pittsford that killed his passenger has been charged.
Michael Weber, 20, is charged with vehicular manslaughter and reckless driving. He was arraigned at the hospital.
Joel Ajavon, 20, was killed when the vehicle crashed on East Street in Pittsford around 2:30 a.m. Monday.
Both Weber and Ajavon were 2011 graduates of Pittsford Mendon High School.
Bail for Weber has been set at $75,000 cash or $100,000 bond.
According to the Monroe County Sheriff's Office, Weber drove off the roadway, hit several mailboxes, a street sign and then smashed into a tree on the front lawn of a home here on East Street in Pittsford. At the time of the crash, deputies said they believe Weber was driving under the influence of alcohol. Ajavon died at the scene.
The Rampello Kosters family heard the crash and went to help.
"It breaks my heart because I have two sons and I cannot imagine that knock at the door. It is awful. I wanted to bring him something soft or something warm even though logically I knew that was crazy," said Joyce Rampello.
"You feel powerless, you want to do something, but you know you cannot move the person," said Joseph Kosters.
Weber is in satisfactory condition at the hospital.
Ajuvon's family and friends went to the crash site grieving. His family was too upset to talk, but friends say he was a great guy, played football in high school, attended MCC and loved cars, especially BMWs.
Julius Avorkliyah has known him since he was nine years old.
"Out of all my friends I have known him the longest. He is great kid and I never expected anything like to happen to him of all people," Avorkliyah said.
The crash investigation continues.
The Pittsford Central School District did not release an official statement, but said staff is saddened and trying to deal with all of this. Everyone's thoughts are with all of the families.