GREENWOOD, Ind. – The Greenwood community is mourning the loss of a Center Grove High School student who passed away Friday morning after a crash less than four miles from the high school.
According to the Greenwood Police Department, the collision happened around 6:40 a.m. on State Road 135 and Honey Lane.
Police said it’s their understanding medics revived the teen, and she was taken to Methodist Hospital, where she later passed away. She was identified by the Marion County Coroner’s office as Sarah Kish, 17.
“It’s tragic, you know, this young lady was so early in her life and had so much potential and if this had not had happened who knows where life would have taken her,” Greenwood Assistant Police Chief Matt Fillenwarth said.
Kish was a member of the school’s track and cross country teams.
“She was someone that you just wanted to be around. Sarah was very easy going, encouraging and was constantly smiling (Even during our dreaded Tuesday practices!) Sarah was also a fantastic student. She was always willing to help her classmates if they were struggling. I will miss her greatly and am blessed to have known her,” teammate Jenna Glogoza said in a statement.
Another teammate wrote, “Sarah was one of the sweetest girls I have ever met. She was so hard working and determined as well. We were close in middle school and played volleyball together. She was hilarious and her smile would light up a room. Running with her in high school was a pleasure.”
Investigators say Kish’s Volkswagen Beetle collided with a Johnson County Animal Control SUV. The SUV struck the Volkswagen on the driver’s side. Police say the animal control officer was not injured. The accident is still under investigation.
“They’ve got a lot of calculations to make and a lot of things the accident reconstructionists will look at in something like this,” Fillenwarth said. “Preliminary indications is that there was a right angle collision.”
Friday night, the high school held a moment of silence for Kish before its basketball game.
Center Grove High School Principal Jeffry Henderson issued this statement:
One of our Center Grove High School students passed away this afternoon, following a car crash this morning. Sarah Kish was a junior and was a member of the track and cross country teams. We know you join us as we express our sorrow and condolences to Sarah’s family, friends and relatives.
The death of a young person is difficult for all of us, but can especially be difficult for teens. Our counselors are always available for students or staff who wish to speak with someone. Counselors and members of the clergy will be available on Tuesday morning when students return from the Presidents Day holiday.
Please keep Sarah’s family and friends in your thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time.