Jose Zamora, 18, who remains in critical condition at Kennestone Hospital, is a senior at Osborne High School and was set to graduate in Thursday night’s ceremony. He had just left a rehearsal for that graduation and was rushing to be at work by 4 p.m. when the crash occurred Wednesday.
Principal Josh Morreale said the accident happened an hour after practice for the graduation ended.
Zamora, was traveling north on Fairground Street, when he accidentally crossed over into oncoming traffic, said Officer David Auld with Marietta Police Department.
That’s when a 2003 Chevrolet Avalanche, driven by Acie James Farrey, 31, of Morrow struck Zamora’s 1996 Honda Civic, causing it to spin into the path of a 2012 Ford E350 cutaway van, a Cobb School District maintenance vehicle driven by Danny Roark, 53, of Acworth.
The school van struck the Honda before the crushed car was pinned against a fence.
Morreale said he was made aware of the accident Wednesday afternoon as Osborne High School administration informed Zamora’s family.
Morreale said he rushed to Kennestone to sit with the Zamora family before they were able to see him Wednesday night.
The principal said the family was upset yet thankful for the support.
He described Zamora as an “awesome …and likable person” who enjoys playing soccer in his free time.
“I look forward to handing (Zamora) his diploma when he is ready,” said Morreale.
Morreale said it was a hard decision whether to mention Zamora’s condition at the graduation celebration.
“The senior class is sad and Jose is in all of our thoughts right now,” Morreale said.
Police said no alcohol or drugs were involved in the cause of the wreck and that Zamora is a legal resident with a valid driver’s license.
Roark, and a passenger in the school van, Joe Carver, were transported to Kennestone Hospital and released, said a spokesperson for WellStar. Farrey, the driver of the Chevrolet, was unharmed.
Auld said the maintenance van had extensive damage and has been released back to the Cobb School District.
“I would be surprised if all vehicles involved in the crash aren’t total losses,” Auld said.