Notre Dame Student Dies in Car Crash, Classmate Remains in Coma

MIDDLEBURG - The life of Emma Leigh DiVito, 17, a senior at Notre Dame Academy, was celebrated last week after she died in a car crash on March 16, said John Borley, headmaster of the private co-ed school in Middleburg.
A school Mass was offered the following Wednesday and school was closed on Thursday for students to attend DiVito's funeral at Trinity Episcopal Church in Upperville.
The collision which killed DiVito, a back seat passenger, occurred after school closed early due to treacherous weather conditions. Tiara Teasley, 17, suffered serious injuries and is currently in a coma. The driver, Jennifer Graham, 18, also a Notre Dame senior, and her sister Christina, 19, who graduated from Notre Dame last year, survived the crash. Neither were seriously injured.
Grief counselors were at the school last week, said Borley. He noted, however, that the students mainly "talked things out among themselves." Borley described the 300 student school as a close-knit community where "everybody knows everybody." It has been hard on the students, but they have been handling it "as well as kids that age can handle it."

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