A Community Mourning


For some strange reason, I feel like I need to say something about this. I didn’t know the girl, I don’t know anyone who is in her sorority, I don’t even know the guy who ran into the Cherokee she was riding in but still somehow I feel obligated to write about it, to give my take on the situation. It’s a strange feeling…

There was a fatal accident last night on Third Street, just outside of the Kappa Kappa Gamma house. A man driving a Honda station wagon westbound on Third Street side-swiped a Cherokee driving north on Hawthorne Street, turning west onto Third Street. The Jeep was t-boned into the light pole, as seen in the above photo.

Senior Ashley Crouse was thrown from the Jeep, landing about five feet away from where the Jeep came to rest. She was not wearing her seatbelt.

The driver of the Honda, Alberto de Jesus, fled the scene on foot, like a coward.

That’s what bothers me the most about the situation. De Jesus had the right of way on Third Street with the yellow flashing light. The Jeep, driven by Christopher Carlson (Ashley’s boyfriend), turned left at a flashing red light on Hawthorne Street when the accident occured.

This evening, what appeared to be hundreds of students walked from the end of the Jordan Ave. extention, south on Jordan Ave. to Third Street, and then west on Third Street until they reached the Kappa Kappa Gamma house. There was another group that started at the end of campus on Third Street and walked East to the scene of the accident. As the processions passed a greek house or dormitory, they were joined by more mourners. Each person walking carried a single flower which was placed at the scene of the accident.

The girls of Kappa Kappa Gamma have decorated and placed candles at the traffic light pole where the accident occured.

While I was at work tonight, one of the Kappa Kappa Gamma sisters came into one of the labs I was working in. She looked as if she had seen a ghost. She had an almost haunting expression on her face…

I can’t imagine to be in her shoes…

Driving past the site, the one image of the accident passes through my head. It serves to remind us all how short a time we really have; to live our short time to its fullest.

For the Indiana Daily Student article, click here: IU Student Killed in Car Crash
For the IDS front page, click here: The Indiana Daily Student

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5 thoughts on “A Community Mourning

  1. I went to High School with Ashley, but I did not know her (it happens when you graduate with 850 people). But I knew her reputation, and she was a wonderful person. It is terribly sad for her to die so young and for the dude to run away. Hopefully they will fin him and bring this to a close for the sake of her family.

  2. I agree. How can someone just run away from an accident like that? Hopefully by seeing the kind of media coverage this is getting, he will turn himself into the authorities.

  3. I worked with Ashley on a campaign for student government, and she was one of the most caring, kind people I have ever met. She always had a smile on her face, and she radiated energy. I can’t ever say enough good things about Ashley.

  4. I went to high school with Ashley. She was just one of those girls who everyone loved. She was popular but never acted as the typical popular carmel girls acted. She was sweet, funny, and smart. She will be missed and never forgotten. I wish I would have done a better job of keeping in touch. God Bless her

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