BROWNSBURG (April 6, 2015) – Students and staff in Hendricks County are mourning the loss of a teacher who died in a car accident over the weekend.
Megan Witty, 29, Coatesville, taught Spanish at Brownsburg High School. She died Saturday evening after a crash in Putnam County. It happened around 6 p.m. on U.S. 36 near Bainbridge. According to a statement from the school, Witty was traveling to visit her parents. Counselors will be available at the school throughout the week to speak to students.
"The school was really, really quiet today and everyone is really sensitive to everyone’s feelings," said student Courtney Grimes.
Students said Witty made Spanish interesting by using an interactive teaching approach. To many she was more than just a teacher, but a mentor and friend.
“It was just really cool how she brought to life, Spanish," Grimes said.
According to the Putnam County Sheriff’s Department, emergency responders found a 1997 BMW off the road with two people inside. Witty, the passenger, was pronounced dead at the scene.
The driver, Alexander King, 28, Coatesville, was trapped in the car and had to be extricated. He was taken by helicopter to an Indianapolis hospital. According to witnesses, King was going "at a high rate of speed" and lost control of the car on a curve just west of the Big Walnut Creek Bridge. King is now out of the hospital.
The car went across the center lane and slid across both westbound lanes before leaving the road. It then traveled across the shoulder and hit a rock wall on the north side of the road. The car hit the wall a second time before coming to a stop.
The crash remains under investigation. Investigators say it's protocol to test for drugs and alcohol but believe speed was the contributing factor to the crash. They say criminal charges could be possible.
Neighbors say the couple recently moved to the Coatesville area but were already a part of their lakeside community.
"Only 29-years-old, best part of her life ahead of her. It’s just something you don’t want to hear," said neighbor Randy Harrison. "Had such a great personality. This is a shock," he added.
Here’s the letter to parents informing them of Witty’s death:
It is with a heavy heart that I contact you this morning to let you know of a very unexpected tragedy that occurred over the weekend. Megan Witty, your child’s Spanish teacher, was killed in a car accident late Saturday afternoon as she and her fiancé were traveling to see her parents. I will be making an all-school announcement this morning to make our students aware of this tragedy and will also be visiting each one of her classes today to speak personally with her students. Counselors will be on hand today and throughout the week to speak with students and staff members, if needed.
At this time, I do not have any information regarding viewing or funeral arrangements, but our thoughts are certainly with Megan’s family.
Brownsburg High School