Reporting Jessica Kartalija
PARKVILLE, Md. (WJZ)—A Baltimore County community is mourning the tragic death of a teenager who died after being struck by a car and SUV.
Jessica Kartalija has reaction from classmates and faculty at Parkville High School.
The school’s principal sent a letter home to parents, urging them to help their children cope with this very tragic loss.
Sky Eye Chopper 13 was over the scene Thursday night, moments after 15-year-old Ryan Chase was struck by two cars on Putty Hill Avenue. Chase, a student at Parkville High School, had stayed late for tutoring with a teacher before he was struck by a car, and then SUV.
“Our hearts and our thoughts go out to each and every family that has been suffering through this,” said Vice Principal Maria McClung, Parkville High School.
“I didn’t believe it at first. All my friends kept telling me, and I got on Facebook and I seen ‘Rest in peace Ryan Chase,” and I knew it was real,” said Brittany Davis, class co-president.
“A lot of kids in the school are here for each other. And this is a moment that we need to be together to get through a moment like this,” said Dylan Poramski, class co-president.
When the students arrived at school Friday, many had not heard the news. Counseling services were available in the school’s library.
“Our students are suffering the loss of a loved one. And we want to make sure that everyone was able to voice their emotions, show their concerns, and also pull together as a family. As I stated, we are a family,” said McClung.
No charges have been filed. Baltimore County Police’s crash team is investigating.
“You don’t need to be a parent or a grandparent to understand the magnitude of what happened yesterday. But for those of us who are, the magnitude of this tragedy is certainly something that you just feel very deeply,” said Baltimore County police spokeswoman Elise Armacost.
This is the second death that students at Parkville High School have had to deal with this year. In February, Brandon Jackson was shot outside a gas station in Baltimore County.
Funeral arrangements have not been made.