CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WAVY) – A day before the start of the school week, students from across Chesapeake Public Schools came out to remember one of their own.
Police say Kaitlyn Duffy died after a delivery truck struck the vehicle she and a friend were in. Dozens gathered at Great Bridge High School Sunday to remember the senior.
“Standing out there today, I could tell a lot of people weren’t ready to go back to school, it won’t be the same,” said Ashley Reynolds, a student at Great Bridge.
31-year-old Jerode Johnson was driving a delivery truck when police say he overcorrected, crossed the median, and struck Duffy’s vehicle. Duffy died, but her passenger, who friends say is Sabrina Mundrof, was airlifted to the hospital.
“It’s really hard, graduation is a month away and we just lost two of our seniors, it’s tough,” said Reynolds.
The school division sent 10 On Your Side the following statement Monday:
A moment of silence was observed this morning in remembrance of the student who passed, and a memorial table is on display today. A team of student assistance counselors (grief counselors) are at the school to assist any students or staff in need.”
Friends say the two girls were both planning on going to Virginia Tech in the fall. Reynolds, who’s been in Dufffy’s class since 8th grade, says it was incredible to see the number of people come out for her.
“It was honestly amazing. There were people there from middle school that went to Grassfield that also knew Kaitlyn that gathered together to remember her and pray for Sabrina and hope that she gets better,” Says Reynolds.
Police say Mundrof is in critical condition.
Reynolds hopes that others in the community will remember her two classmates like her school is doing now, “Keep Sabrina in your prayers and always remember Kaitlyn.”
Johnson is charged with DUI manslaughter and has a court hearing Monday afternoon.