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Crash victim remembered as outgoing, bright

May 20, 2009|By RICHARD F. BELISLE

INWOOD, W.Va. -- The normally boisterous hallways of Mountain Ridge Intermediate School were quiet Wednesday morning as students and teachers dealt with the death of 10-year-old Darrian Nasha Wright. 

Darrian, a fourth-grader, was riding in the passenger seat of her grandfather's pickup truck shortly after 3:30 p.m. Tuesday when it ran off the road into a gully and overturned, according to the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department.

The girl was thrown from the truck and was pronounced dead at the scene along Possum Hollow trail in the Glenwood Forest subdivision off W.Va. 45.

Her grandfather had minor injuries and declined medical attention, Berkeley County Sheriff Kenny Lemaster said Wednesday.

Lemaster said it wasn't clear what caused the truck to leave the road.

"We're still investigating," he said.

The Berkeley County school crisis team, which includes a guidance counselor, principal, nurse and psychologist, was sent to the school Wednesday to help students and teachers cope with the girl's death.

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"Darrian was very outgoing and bright," said her principal, Michelle Martin. "Her teacher said she sparkled."

She had many friends in school and had a talent for making those around her feel better, Martin said.

"She had a beautiful grin," Martin said.

Darrian was part of a "lunch bunch" that sometimes joined the principal in the cafeteria.

"We'd talk of family and things," Martin said.

Darrian was a good student who was starting to come out of her shell this year, Martin said. She has a sister who is a year older, according to the principal.

Darrian's classmates remembered her Wednesday during a celebration of her life.

"They made cards, wrote tributes, wrote a letter to Darrian's parents and had flowers in her memory.

"It really was a sad day around here," said Martin, who remembers the moment when she last saw the child.

It was Tuesday afternoon. The girl was getting on the school bus to go home and turned to say good-bye.

"That was the last time I saw that great big grin," Martin said.

 

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