With “hundreds and hundreds” in attendance on a soccer field at Enosburg High School, friends and family held a candlelight vigil Monday evening for Brandon Gleason, who was killed in a car crash last week.
“The whole community is in mourning,” said Franklin Northeast School Superintendent Jay Nichols, when reached by phone after the vigil. “He was a tremendous person, just a great all-around kid. … A great kid from a great family.”
Patrick Prue, 53, of Franklin pleaded not guilty on Monday in Vermont Superior Court to a charge of driving while intoxicated with death resulting. Gleason, 17, was the front passenger in a Jeep involved in a near head-on crash on Vermont 105 in Enosburg at about 11 p.m. Friday, the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department said.
After colliding with a westbound 2005 Dodge Ram pickup, the eastbound 2003 Jeep rolled onto its side, investigators said. Both vehicles were demolished in the crash.
Nichols, who served as Gleason’s principal in parts of elementary school and middle school, said a service is planned for 3 p.m. Saturday at the high school. Nichols said Gleason, a popular student and star athlete at Enosburg, was a down-to-earth, happy kid.
This winter, Gleason was named Mountain Division Player of the Year in basketball. He was a 1,000-point career scorer for the Hornets and was also an accomplished volleyball player.
“He touched so many lives in so many different ways. I didn’t know anybody who didn’t like him,” Nichols said.