A high school student who died in a car crash Friday is being mourned in Miramichi.

Scott Bowes, 18, was one week away from graduating at James M. Hill High when he died.

He was in a car early Friday when it skidded off McKinnon Road and into a ditch. It scraped along the trees before smashing into a hydro pole.

'I wish I could have been the one to say you shouldn't get into that car.' —Letter left at crash site

Two 15-year-old girls in the car escaped uninjured and an 18-year-old man was treated in hospital.

Bowes was the lone fatality. A wake was being held for him Monday.

A letter at the crash scene, which is still littered with debris from the car, describes him as a genuine, kind-hearted person.

The letter ends, "I’ll never forget you. I just wish I had the chance to talk to you one last time. I wish I could have been the one to say you shouldn’t get into that car."

Talented, popular student

Family and friends gathered at the funeral home to pay their respects Monday for the second straight day.

"He was really nice. He was a really talented guy. He was on the swim team," Nathalie Malley said outside the funeral home.

"He helped everybody. Even if somebody didn’t like him, he was always there for them. He was a pretty awesome guy."

Bill Fraser, the Liberal MLA for the area, knew Scott and his family.

"Scott was just a wonderful, fun-loving kid. He’s going to be missed and our thoughts and prayers are with the Bowes family," he said.

Nancy Boucher, the superintendent for the Anglophone North School District, said the tragedy was a shock.

"It’s just utter disbelief at first with any accident, and then we go into crisis mode," she said.

"The crisis team is planning on how we’re going to have the graduation on Thursday night and how we’re going to manage that to honour Scott’s memory, and at the same time provide a graduation for the rest of the graduating class."

Bowes is survived by his parents and three sisters. His funeral will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday at St. Michael's Basilica. The prom is being held Tuesday night.  

Police are still investigating the crash and have not released the cause of the accident.