UNION - Daniel Boone High School seniors are coping with the loss of their second classmate since the beginning of the school year.
Ashley Brewer, 17, of Union, died as a result of a car accident on Monday, Oct. 6. Brewer and the driver of the car, Nadine Khateeb, 17, of Birdsboro, were traveling on Old Airport Road Monday morning when the 2003 Acura RSX swerved off the road and struck a tree, police said.
The girls were extricated from the vehicle and flown to Lehigh Valley Hospital, where Brewer was pronounced dead, police said.
Khateeb remained in critical condition Tuesday.
"The students are not only dealing with the loss of one of their classmates, but severe injuries to another one," said School Superintendent David Robbins.
Brewer's 15-year-old sister, Devon, and some friends were at the site of the crash Tuesday creating a memorial.
Devon Brewer described her sister as happy.
"Nothing could get her down," she said. "She was strong and determined."
Others described her as everybody's friend.
"She was always happy," said Josh Strueber, 17, of Amity.
Ashley Brewer was a member of the Daniel Boone High School wrestling team for four years, the Varsity Club, the Spanish club and Future Business Leaders of America.
Brewer's death was the second in Daniel Boone's senior class in the last six weeks. Angela Hohl, 17, died from leukemia several days after school started.
Robbins said the deaths were different because of the causes.
He said the school district's counselors and teachers are trained to deal with grief and loss and will talk to students who are upset.
"The kids are resilient," Robbins said.
School officials are trying to keep everything as normal as possible under the circumstances.
"At this point, our goal is business as normal," Robbins said.
School officials are going to meet with student leaders today to decide what to do about the activities planned for homecoming this weekend. Robbins said the football game would go on, but the student leaders will decide if the other activities will be held.
Homecoming activities include a dance Friday night, and a spaghetti dinner, a pep rally and activities during the football game Saturday.
"Part of the role of the school is to help those students channel their energy into doing something positive," said Robbins.
Friends of Hohl are planning a blood drive in her memory for Nov. 10. The blood drive will be held from 3 to 9 p.m. in the high school cafeteria.
"They don't want to forget, and they want to do good things," Robbins said.