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UPDATE: Memorial Held For Victim Of Fatal Crash Sunday Morning on Gantsville Road

By: Mollie Lair Email
By: Mollie Lair Email

UPDATE: WEDNESDAY, November 2.

Wednesday morning many gathered at Parkersburg South High School to remember a girl whose life was cut short after a fatal car accident over the weekend.

"I think it was to represent all of her loved ones here at school and that we will miss her dearly," says a friend of Madison Fitchett, Bethany Rae.

In the early morning hours tears fill the eyes of many students who formed a circle in front of the school in memory of Madison "Maddie" Fitchett, a girl who lost her life at only 14-years-old.

"We grew up together, and for as long as I can remember she has been my friend and to see the impact she had on so many people means a great deal to me," says friend of Madison Fitchett, Samantha Burdette.

Fitchette was killed Sunday when the vhicle she was a passenger in hit a tree.

Friends say their memories of "Maddie" will live on.

"I moved up here four years ago and she was one of my first friends and she always had a smile on her face and always just very cheerful and happy," explains Rae.

Students organized the gathering by inviting people through facebook. Friends were also encouraged to wear blue, Maddie's favorite color, in honor of her.

Students say the circle of rememberance was also to keep her friends and family in their prayers

"She was just a great friend that's all I really can say... I'm not exactly the praying type but her family does... my heart is with her family," says friend Michael Mitchelle.

"I just want to let the family know, that my heart and prayers are with them, and Maddie will never be forgotten," explains friend Judy McCulligan

"Her Family but all of her friends too, its hard on all of us," says Burdette.

Students organizing say they wanted to be sure everyone had a chance to remember their friend whose life ended so suddenly.

South High School will also be having a candlelight vigil outside of the high school at seven p-m thursday evening, which is open to anyone wanting to celebrate and remember her life.

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UPDATE: Monday, October 31.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol says 14-year old, Madison Fitchett of Parkersburg was killed when the vehicle she was a passenger in hit a tree on Grantsville Road in Washington County.

Officials say 21-year-old, Dustin Jones, of Mineral Wells was driving the Mitsubishi Eclipse when he attempted to flee while being pursued by a trooper.

Troopers tell us Jones lost control of the car hitting an embankment on the right side then returned to the pavement but missed a turn in the road, where his vehicle slid sideways off the road and into a tree, trapping them both in the car.

Fitchett was pronounced dead at Marietta Memorial Hospital and Jones was taken to Camden Clark Hospital.

No charges have been filed and the accident is still under investigation.

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The Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating a fatal wreck that took place Sunday at 3 am.

Officers say the crash happened on Gantsville Road off U.S. Route 50 near the Athens and Washington County line.

The passenger in the vehicle was pronounced dead at Marietta Memorial Hospital.
The driver was taken to Camden Clark Medical Center.


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