PASADENA, Md. (WJZ)—Students at one Anne Arundel high school are coping with the loss of a teen killed on a dangerous stretch of road.

Gigi Barnett explains how it happened and the next step for students.

Drivers on the busy stretch of Mountain Road call a certain section treacherous. Police say it’s where Kala Marie Austin, 17, died Wednesday morning.

She was driving eastbound on Mountain Road, lost control of the vehicle and slammed into a vacant house.

Nearby surveillance cameras caught it all.

Her family is grieving, so are students at Austin’s school, Chesapeake High in Pasadena.

“I haven’t started driving yet. My mom doesn’t want me to cause stuff like this happens,” said Mark Pemberton, student.

Grief counselors roamed the halls Thursday, helping students deal with the loss.

“You’ll randomly see people crying,” said Devon DiMarco, student. “I didn’t really know her, but it’s still really, really sad.”

Austin’s memorial is just one of several that line Mountain Road.

School leaders sent home letters asking parents to talk about the accident.

“Parents need to sit down with their children and talk to them, help them to cope with this and not be afraid to show emotion,” said Bob Mosier, Anne Arundel County school spokesman.

While investigators are still looking into the cause of the crash, early reports show that speed may have been a factor.

Investigators say the slick road conditions may have also played a part in the accident.

Comments (8)
  1. Crazy! says:

    I used to work at Chesapeake Middle in the days before texting and cell phones became mainstream. No joke, there would be at least 3 accidents a week. Those high school kids drive like idiots. I’ll never forget the day a high school girl slammed her brand new Mitsubishi Eclipse into the back of a school bus. I stopped because she was slumped over the wheel, and I thought she was dead. I left there thinking….how the hell do you rear-end a school bus so hard that it’s leaking fuel, smoking, and you totaled your car?

  2. Donna says:

    Thats really sad. My cousin Damon Hopkins was 17 when he died in a car crash. His family still grieves 10 years after his death. My prayers go out to Kala’s family and friends. RIP sweet girl.

  3. They drive like us.... says:

    High school kids drive like inexperienced young people imitating adults, like they have done all their lives. It’s not a big deal when they’re 4 and can’t pronounce “speghetti” exactly the same but the inexperince is exaggerated when they attempt to imitate dangerous activities. Young drivers don’t realize that there is a difference between their own driving, and that of the 1000’s of adults they see driving 10-20mph over the speed limit without incident.

  4. Valerie hillger says:

    Mr. Sheriff: Yes, she was wear a seatbelt, no she wasnt using her phone or tecxting, no she wasn’t playing with the radio or putting on make up. Could have someone who was in a hurry pulled out in front of her from the gas station that was not in view of the camera. the camera caught her in the slide already. Next, let us address the 5 to 6 cars that slowed to gauk at the accident, or even saw it happen but felt that her life was not worth anything to stop and offer assistance. Yes, tragic events happen, but you could at least have a little more compassion for those who are grieving at this time. Mrs. Texas

  5. Jaime says:

    Thank you Valerie. That is what’s wrong with kids today they have parents like Sheriff that are quick to say things without knowing the true story. If you don’t have anything nice to say then PLEASE keep your mouth shut. Her Family is dealing with enough right now and don’t need to see people putting negative things on here. Kala was a smart and loving person she was not a trouble maker or anything like that. She wanted to be a teacher and coached cheerleading. So please once again if you people don’t have anything nice to say please don’t say anything at all.


  6. Donna says:

    Thank you my friends. Mr. Sheriff you are invited to sit down with Mr. & Mrs Austin to discuss your issue. Please contact me directly. Please remember my daughter Kala Marie Austin’s memories will go on forever.

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