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Family remembers teenager killed in crash

By Pam Cunningham, Reporter
Published On: Jan 22 2013 06:00:00 PM CST
Updated On: Jan 23 2013 10:13:40 AM CST

Family members are mourning the loss of a 17-year-old boy who died in a violent car crash.

HONEY BROOK, Pa. -

Family members are mourning the loss of a 17-year-old boy who died in a violent car crash.

Myles Mack would have been a junior at Twin Valley High School. His life was cut tragically short on Friday when the car he was riding in slammed into a telephone pole.

Mack's brother and cousin said he had left the school and was working his way to get back to graduate with his class. He was supposed to start Tuesday, but he died Friday night.

A picture of Myles Mack and his 5-month-old niece, Emma, is now the background of his big brother's phone.

"Christmas Eve, he held her most of Christmas Eve, and he enjoyed it and he loved it," said Chad Dechert. "Short time, but I will make sure she knows her uncle and knows how he was."

Dechter misses his little brother and hunting partner, who died in the crash on East Reeceville Road in East Brandywine Twp., Chester Co.

"He was actually supposed to be in the woods with me that morning," said Dechert. "I couldn't get a hold of him on his phone."

His cousin, Michael Albaladejo, said when he heard Mack died, he couldn't believe it and used his phone.

"I called his phone a few times, but he's never going to answer it again," said Albaladejo, who found it hard to describe the accident scene. "It looks like something out of movie, but it was real life."

And it was hard for him to understand.

"God takes the best of us first, and I honestly believe Myles was better than all of us. That kid had everything going for him. He was doing everything he was supposed to be doing," said Albaladejo.

They said Myles loved to hunt, fish, work on cars, draw tattoos and go to school.

"I found out he was getting into Twin Valley. That was his goal this year," said Dechert.

But the accident Friday changed all of that. They can't reach him on their phones, just look at photos.

"He cared more about other people than he cared about himself," said Albaladejo. "He loved his friends. He loved his family. He loved his little brother. He loved his mom."

There are grief counselors at Twin Valley High School.

Services for Mack are Friday. Donations to pay for the services can be directed to the James Terry Funeral Home.

The driver of the car remains hospitalized in serious condition.