Police: Speed a Factor in Deadly Crash

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SOUTH EUCLID, OH -- Grief counselors are on hand at Brush High School after a student was killed in a car crash in South Euclid over the weekend.

A couple blocks away, a bouquet of yellow roses marks the spot of the accident along Telhurst Drive.

"It was a terrible noise.  I saw the debris shower through the windows of my garage," said Corey Moore, a neighbor.

Neighbors heard the crash just after 1:00 p.m. Saturday.

"It was a horrible scene. Other than call 911, there was little I could do," added Moore.

"I couldn't get to my house. The police stopped me and they said there was a one-car accident with young kids and that one girl had been killed," said Judy Smolka, a neighbor.

According to the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office, that girl was 16-year-old Karly Ciuprinska.

Cuiprinskas was sitting in the back seat of the car.

A 19-year-old male driver and teenage female passenger were also hurt.

"The driver was definitely speeding. It's a straight street except for the end where he had the accident. The road starts to curve right there," said Robert Abele, Traffic Commissioner with the South Euclid Police Department.

The South Euclid Police Department has launched an investigation.

"As we are doing the investigation, we are going to contact the prosecutor to see what kind of charges he wants to pursue against the driver," added Abele.

Meantime, grief counselors are on hand at Brush High School, where Karly was a junior, set to graduate in 2015.

The district issued a statement Monday that reads:

Over the weekend, a tragic accident took place involving one of our students in the South Euclid Lyndhurst School District. On behalf of the Board of Education, the entire faculty and students, the South Euclid Lyndhurst School District offers its heartfelt condolences to the family and friends.  To help our students and staff cope with this loss, counseling sessions have been scheduled in our district throughout the day, Monday, March 3, 2014, with the help of professional supervisors from nearby partnering agencies. Students and staff members are strongly encouraged to attend. In addition, phone calls will be made to students not in school, who are determined to be close to the family involved in the incident. Moments of silence are being offered throughout the day as well, to commemorate the loss.

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  • george johnston

    Grief counselors? Who is paying for that? Tax payers? I didn’t have grief counselors during Cuba missile crisis in Tampa. They just told us to bring a gallon of water and a blanket and gave us “duck and cover” drills and they said don’t look into the blast or you will go blind and your face will get cooked. What BS. This is why we should not give the public schools anymore money.

    • Jason

      Go back to the News-Herald’s website and spew your hateful propaganda there, George. Oh wait….you were banned !!!!! LOLOLOLOL

    • Sun King

      George Johnston is an idiot. A bona fide idiot. I will continue to spread this message like it is my job. By the way, how many missiles were fired from Cuba? A child died and you are still crying about your senior services money being spent elsewhere. Your time has come George, travel to the other side and spare us your blather.

  • Esther

    when JFK was mirdered, it was announced on the pa system and our teacher said, “there’s nothing you can do. Back to work.” Grief counselors are not needed. You learn to cope.

    • k

      Everyone saying “just deal with it” has no compassion. I am her aunt and believe me, when this happens to you, you would be singing a different tune. Thankfully there are many people in the community reaching out with love and sympathy rather than hate and the “just deal with it” attitude. I am shocked at the negative comments on here. Think of a family member and read the comments…how would you feel if this was them? When you lose someone in your family, you really don’t care to hear about JFK. If someone said that to my face, I would think they were crazy.These comments were obviously made by people who haven’t experienced grief. I am actually sad that this has turned into such gossip. It just seems so disrespectful. I need to stop reading this stuff. This is why people need grief counseling.

  • jim stone

    Do not blame the schools for grief counselors being involved, that is protocal. The cuba missle crisis or Kennedy situation is nothing similar to this situation. These high school students had a personal relationship with this girl. don’t blame public schools for the problems we are facing today, look at society as a whole.

  • Cathy

    Thank You Pat!!! This is about a sixteen year old girl with friends that is now dead. Thank goodness if her friends or other students want to talk about their feelings with someone they are able to. We have come along way from the bury your head in the sand and don’t talk about your feelings days. Some of these kids do not have parents they can turn to. This poor child lost her father and grandfather in a short period of time. Esther, one learns to cope by being given the emotional tools to do so, it doesn’t just happen. May this child rest in peace.

    • Peanut

      I heard close to 90 mph. That could have been exaggerated through word of mouth — but that is the speed I heard. This driver should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

  • sbc388550

    When I was in Catholic school in Euclid, it was announcedover e P.A. system that Fr. so and so had just commited suicide by blowing his brains out with a gun. I was in second grade at the time, Sister Margaret Ann continued with regular classroom activities. That was about 55 years ago, I never forgot it.

  • Mary

    Wow such negativity and anger. These kids need a place to vent. This is a young girl with friends Karly attendeded Arc Tech part of Brush. They are suppose to be treated as Brush students but are not. They are having a place for the kids to go and talk. Her life was cut short of yes stupidity but was not her fault. Karly was a good girl. I know she’s my daughters friends sister and also hers.

  • lindz

    im sorry but counselors are not needed, when i was in school there were 2 people killed 1 in a car accident and 1 was murdered there were no grief counselors offered to us.

  • tonja

    have a heart people,if they need counseling then let them have it,we need more support like this for our children……..R.I.P CARLY…GOD BLESS AND HELP THERE FAMILY HEARTS HEAL…

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