A weekend of celebration ended in tragedy after beloved high school teacher Leah O’Brien, 33-year-old lost her life.
According to WSB-TV, O’Brien and her 8-year-old daughter were driving to Lakeside High School’s senior prom held at the Fernbank Museum of Natural History when her vehicle was struck by a Dodge Charger carrying two Lakeside students, who were also heading to prom.
O’Brien died at the scene. Her daughter is said to be critical but stable condition. The other two students involved in the accident, a 19-year-old male, and an 18-year-old female were hospitalized and are being treated for non-life threatening injuries. According to a neighbor, the teens are in shock over the tragedy.
“They were very distraught,” Darnyl Katzinger said. “Both of them kept repeating ‘why did she have to pull out in front of us?’”
A police report of the incident reveals that O’Brien was making a left turn when she pulled out in front of the Charger. Sadly, Principle Jason Clyne says that both students were members of the FCCLA, a student organization O’Brien sponsored.
“She was always smiling,” Clyne said. “She was always very enthusiastic and quick to jump and help out when we needed help.”
We send our prayers to the O’Brien family and the student body and faculty at Lakeside High School.