Condition of driver in deadly Princeton crash improving

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by MARCUS MOORE

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Posted on November 11, 2013 at 2:28 PM

Updated Monday, Nov 11 at 5:56 PM

PRINCETON — Princeton's police chief said Monday that the driver in Sunday morning's deadly crash involving seven teens has improved. 

Josh Bartlett was in critical condition following the rollover crash, but is said to be awake and talking. Only one teen remains in critical condition at a Plano hospital. They were all riding in a small Mazda that flipped over in Princeton. Three passengers and Bartlett were thrown out, police said.

Cody Hensley, a 17-year-old senior at McKinney North High School, and Stephen Chaney, a senior at Princeton, were both killed. Classmates at the two schools wore camouflage in honor of their friends who died.

Chaney was remembered fondly at this school.

"Not many guys were as funny as him," said Jose Fiscal. 

Student Iza Valenzuela shared a similar feeling about the teen. 

"He was one of those jokesters; was really kind," Valenzuela said.

At 9:20 a.m. Monday, students at Princeton gathered around the flag poles outside to have a moment of silence. They hugged and cried on each other's shoulders as the school's principal, Rene Mullins, looked on. 

"We just try to make sure they get their feelings out and we understand where they are in the process of all of this," Mullins said.

The investigation into the crash continues. Police are still looking into whether alcohol was a factor in the crash. Chief James Waters said any word on charges will depend on the outcome of the investigation.

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