The story in San Jose Mercury News about that fatal car accident that took the life of a 20 year old woman quoted her high school English teacher as describing her as having “everything in the world going for her. She was a big ball of sunshiny potential.” She had excelled at dance and theatre in high school and had received a scholarship based on her talents in the performing arts. She was carrying 18 credits at San Jose State as well as working at a coffee and tea shop.

But last weekend, on Saturday night, while driving on Highway One in Half Moon Bay, a minivan swerved into the lane of the young woman’s Honda Civic. The tall 20-year-old woman was killed in the crash. The driver of the minivan was injured and remains in critical condition as the California Highway Patrol continues to investigate this accident.

The young woman’s 18-year-old brother talked in the article about how, as a high school senior, his sister had served as mentor for incoming freshman. Even after she had graduated and moved on she had stayed in touch with those former freshman, to make sure that they were still navigating the tumultuous high-school years well.

Reading the article about this young woman it is very easy to see why she was so well thought of and loved by those around her. At the same time it is difficult to imagine the loss and tragedy they feel as this young woman’s life was ended much too soon.

Source: San Jose Mercury News, “Community mourns San Jose native killed in Half Moon Bay crash By Robert Salonga,” May 10, 2012