'Bright and promising' Duke law student killed in crash
Posted April 2, 2013
GALAX, Va. — A Duke University School of Law student was one of three people killed in a massive chain-reaction crash involving nearly 100 vehicles along a mountainous, foggy stretch of Interstate 77 near the North Carolina-Virginia state line on Sunday.
Dean David Levi announced the death of Andrew Katbi, 24, of Delphos, Ohio, on the law school's website Monday.
"Andrew will be remembered by his friends and classmates as someone who cared deeply about those around him," Levi wrote. "Whether working to defend indigent clients, contributing to legal scholarship through research assistance, competing in intramural athletics or spending time with friends, Andrew always pushed himself and those around him to a higher level."
Katbi, a member of the Class of 2013, was returning to Duke from a camping trip when the crash happened.
"It's definitely been pretty somber and sad," Jason Belk, Duke law school assistant dean for student affairs, said Tuesday. "As it happens, our Class of 2013 picture was scheduled for today at noon and, obviously, Andrew couldn't be there, so his classmates observed a moment of silence in his honor."
Katbi was a lifelong Ohio resident who planned to return to his home state after graduation, according to Duke Law. He had accepted an offer from Baker Hostetler's litigation department in Columbus.
"He was a very bright and promising future lawyer," Belk said. "Students are talking about ways to best honor his memory, and we hope to have a better sense of how that's going to happen in the days and weeks ahead."
Katbi is survived by his mother, father, sister and longtime girlfriend.
William M. Sosebee, 33, of Allen, Ky., and Kathern Worley, 71, of Iron Station, N.C, also died in Sunday's crash. Twenty-five people were injured.