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    10-year-old Jersey San Felippo among four dead in Faulkner County car crash

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    Vilonia Middle School Principal Cathy Riggins says, "It's really a pain that you can't express."

    The school year drastically changed Monday for students at Vilonia Middle. Their friend, fifth grader Jersey San Felippo won't be returning.

    Riggins explains, "Some people live a short while and make a big impact and I think he will leave a great impact on our school."

    The 10-year-old was killed in a car accident along with his father John Felippo and his grandparents Frank and Judy Felippo.

    It happened on Highway 64. Witnesses tell Arkansas State Police that a vehicle was chasing another vehicle when it spun out of control and hit other two cars.

    Frank and Judy were in Arkansas visiting from Arizona. Today's THV spoke with their friend Ed Addis by phone. He says, "It is a major loss. They were just wonderful people. They have lost the four nicest people in the world and this is going to destroy a lot of lives including the person that caused the accident."

    THV received the following statement from Arkansas State Police spokesman Bill Sadler. "No one was ever in custody or under arrest. This is an on-going criminal investigation. There have been interviews with the drivers of the vehicles involved in the chase which preceded the crash, but again, no arrests."

    Meantime, back at Vilonia Middle School, grief counselors are meeting with students, sharing their sadness and remembering the polite little boy who loved to laugh.

    Riggins says, "You just try to let them know it is ok to be sad and we are going to be sad for a long while. There will be an empty spot in the classroom and we are just going to help each other."

    Jersey's mother was the only survivor in their car. She is in a Little Rock hospital with several broken bones. Today's THV is told all of them were wearing their seatbelts.

    Three other people were also injured. There's no word on their conditions.

    Meantime, the case is expected to be given to the prosecutor in the next few days. He will then determine if charges will be filed.

    David Howell watched it all happen. He explains, "One split second changes these people's lives. It took four lives, but it changes everybody's lives that quick."

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