That night in 2017, friends Taylor Bryant and Connor Denney lost their lives in a tragic car accident following the Grand County High School promenade dance. Over the past year, friends and family of those involved in the wreck have worked to overcome the pain associated with that night, while espousing an unending love for Bryant and Denney.
This week, a group of more than 60 gathered at the site of the crash to remember the two and place dozens of painted rocks there to honor their memory.
Daniel McCrary was in the car that night. He survived the crash that killed two of his best friends and injured another teen. On Monday night he opened up to The Times-Independent in his first interview since the incident. He spoke of his last memories before the crash — and what he would say to Bryant and Denney if they were here today.
“I remember hanging out at my house that night,” McCrary said. “We were hanging out in my room, eating pizza and playing video games. We had a lot of fun that night. I miss them every day. If they were here I’d tell them I love them and miss them.”
Daniel’s mother, Christina McCrary, said she hopes no one ever forgets about Bryant and Denney.
“This year has been the worst torture I could imagine for anyone, and I just hope that nobody ever forgets these two beautiful kids,” she said. “There hasn’t been one second that I haven’t thought about them. Those beautiful kids aren’t with us anymore, but they will always be in our hearts.”
Plans are already in motion, she added, to celebrate the anniversary again in 2019. “We’ll be here every year.”