Highland Springs High School student killed in Darbytown Road crash

Highland Springs High School student killed in Darbytown Road crash

HENRICO, VA (WWBT) - Police have confirmed that the person who died in a single-vehicle crash on Darbytown Road on Thursday was a 14-year-old freshman at Highland Springs High School. Dajanae White was one of five juveniles in the vehicle.

The crash happened just after 4 a.m. Thursday in the 2900 block of Darbytown Road, shutting down the road between Strath and Monahan roads. Police say the vehicle's driver was a 35-year-old woman.

Police are continuing their investigation to determine if speed and/or alcohol were factors in the crash.

Officers said the other passengers were two 11-year-old boys, a 15-year-old boy, and a 16-year-old girl.

According to a source, two of the juveniles injured in the crash are brothers. One attended Rolfe Middle School and the other attended Ward Elementary School.

Sources say the other two juveniles did not attend Henrico schools.

Henrico police say the department is working with the Henrico school system to coordinate assistance for counselors at Highland Springs after spring break.

"It's a disturbing thought to know someone you went to school with...It messes with your mind mentally," said student Jabri Sharpe.

"You're talking about how you feel, you're talking about the loss. There's healing in that process," said psychologist Catherine Mills.

Mills says it will be important for students impacted to take advantage of those counselors.

"Specifically teenagers, they're specifically at a risk for acting out or engaging in dangerous behaviors when they don't appropriately grieve their loss," said Mills.

She even advises parents to be on the look out for changes in students' behavior.

"If they're spending more time by themselves, talking about death a little more, or acting out, engaging in unsafe behaviors," said Mills.

It can all be a part of the cycle of coming to terms with the unexpected.

"Life, it can be gone just like that," said Sharpe.

The other passengers in the vehicle were transported to VCU Medical Center.

Police say the Henrico Crash Team was called to the scene because the damage was so extensive.

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