Second teenager dies following Haymarket crash

April 25, 2011

Savanna Kidane Mouratidis’s friends at Battlefield High School say the 15-year-old was a free spirit who walked around barefoot, wore bright colors while eschewing brand names and had a contagious smile.

But instead of laughing alongside their classmate, her friends are now mourning her death. Mouratidis died Friday from injuries she suffered in an April 20 car crash in Haymarket, police said Monday.

Kendra Kaeleen Tucker, also 15, also died in the crash. Police say they were among five people who were riding in a 2005 Dodge Magnum on Logmill Road when their driver hit a deer, lost control of the car and crashed into a tree. Speed was a factor in the crash, police said, and the teenagers were not wearing seatbelts.

“Savanna was the loudest, shortest person I ever met,” said Sierra Phelps, who graduated from Battlefield in 2010. “It’s hard because everyone thought she was going to make it. But she is with Kendra now and they are probably up there together going crazy.”

Battlefield students wore purple on Monday to remember Tucker. They said they planned to wear another color, likely green, later this week for Mouratidis.

Last year, Battlefield lost three other students in two separate accidents along Logmill Road. Prince William police said last week they will start an educational program for teen drivers and their parents. The program will be for Battlefield students, but police officials said they hope to expand the course to other schools. Counselors have also been available at Battlefield, school officials said.

Three other Battlefield students were also hurt in the crash. A 17-year-old boy was treated and released last week. Officials said they did not have an update on the male driver, an 18-year-old from Gainesville, or the fifth passenger, a 14-year-old girl.

“Everyone at school is just numb,” said Battlefield sophomore Morgan Stewardson. “We can’t believe this is all actually happening. We are supporting each other, but it will take a lot of time to heal.”

Not thinking that Mouratidis would die, Stewardson said, she planned to visit her in the hospital Tuesday. She met Mouratidis in Spanish class, she remembered, and they immediately clicked. They worked on class projects together, including one right before spring break.

“We were doing a presentation in front of class and I made her a script to read out loud, but she read the whole thing wrong,” she said with a laugh. “That was my last memory with her.”

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