Teacher on her way to supervise prom is killed when she was hit by two students also on their way to the dance

  • Science teacher's car was hit by student's vehicle as she made a left turn
  • She died at the scene and her daughter, 8, was left in a critical condition
  • Both students were members of a school club which she chaired
  • Headteacher pays tribute to a 'passionate' and 'enthusiastic' colleague

A teacher who was driving to supervise her high school prom night was killed when she was hit by a car carrying two students who were also on their way to the dance.

Leah O’Brien, 33, a science teacher at Lakeside High School in the Atlanta suburb of Decatur, died at the scene of the crash on Saturday night.

Her eight-year-old daughter suffered serious injuries and is in a critical but stable condition.

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Popular: Leah O'Brien was killed when the car she was driving to chaperone the school prom was hit by a vehicle carrying two students also on their way to the dance

Popular: Leah O'Brien was killed when the car she was driving to chaperone the school prom was hit by a vehicle carrying two students also on their way to the dance

The two students, a 19-year-old man and 18-year-old woman, who have not been named, were taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries. 

Local police said Ms O'Brien was making a left turn when her Hyundai Sonata was hit by the student's Dodge Charger which was travelling in the opposite direction.

School principal Jason Clyne said the accident was 'beyond my comprehension'.

Aftermath: The wreckage of the teacher's Hyundai Sonata car which was hit by the student's Dodge Charger

Aftermath: The wreckage of the teacher's Hyundai Sonata car which was hit by the student's Dodge Charger

He told local TV station WSB-TV: 'She was always smiling,

'She was always very enthusiastic and quick to jump and help out when we needed help.'

Local resident Darnyl Katzinger, who lives close to crash scene, said she raced outside to find the two students in shock.

She told the WSB-TV: 'They were very distraught.

'Both of them kept repeating 'why did she have to pull out in front of us?' 

Both students reportedly knew Ms O'Brien well and were members of the school's Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) program which she chaired.

Shock: Grief counsellors were on hand at Lakeside High School today. Principal Jason Clyne said the accident was 'beyond my comprehension'

Shock: Grief counsellors were on hand at Lakeside High School today. Principal Jason Clyne said the accident was 'beyond my comprehension'

Mr Clyne added: 'She built that program up from a small, two or three kids interested in it, to a thriving program because of her energy and enthusiasm and her passion for education.' 

Officials said grief counsellors would be on hand at the school today to help students.

Police are continuing to investigate the accident. 

 

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