North Surry High School students went to school Thursday mourning one of their classmates after she died in a car crash Wednesday after school.
The student killed in the single-car crash on Sparger Road in Mount Airy was identified as Kristin Goins, 16, on Thursday by North Carolina Highway Patrol Sgt. Mitch Whitener.
Whitener also identified the driver of the vehicle as Sydni Coalson, 16, who was taken to the trauma center at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in stable condition.
Whitener stated on Wednesday that the accident was still under investigation, and he was unable to add further details to the assessment he made on Thursday when he said the 2007 Honda Accord left the road, went down an embankment and struck a tree.
Whitener said, “We’re waiting on a lot more issues to be resolved. We have to cover all of our avenues,” adding that the driver of the vehicle was still in surgery at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, and the Highway Patrol had not yet been able to speak to her.
No one has been charged in the accident. “We have to consult with the district attorney,” Whitener said on Wednesday as to whether any charges might be issued. On Thursday, Whitener said that had not changed, and the investigation is still ongoing.
Sonia Dickerson, director of communications for Surry County Schools, said 10 additional counselors and social workers were on hand at North Surry on Thursday to assist students and staff through the grieving process. Additional central office staff also were present at the school to offer support.
School was dismissed at 1 p.m. for the Christmas holiday, but prior to that time, Dickerson said students were taking advantage of the counseling opportunities. “I noticed especially students who had classes with Kristin.”
North Surry staff created a memory wall as a place for students to express their thoughts and feelings for Kristin and her family. “The kids appreciated having a place to share thoughts and feelings on the memory wall,” said Dickerson, “and a lot of them took advantage of that. A lot of nice pictures were hung up there.”
Dickerson added that several students had decorated Goins’ parking space with signs and balloons and wrote messages on the pavement with sidewalk chalk. “They’ve put a lot of flowers there.”
All of the school’s planned Wednesday night activities were postponed. School dismissed at 1 p.m. Thursday to begin the Christmas break.
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