Chatham County High School Senior Dies in Wreck
Posted April 27, 2008
Updated April 28, 2008
Siler City, N.C. — Authorities were investigating a two-vehicle crash that killed an 18-year-old Jordan-Matthews High School senior on Saturday night.
Officials confirmed that Ashley Pyrtle died in a wreck on North Dogwood Avenue in Siler City around 10:30 p.m. There were no other serious injuries. Police did not release any other details about the crash.
Pyrtle was a passenger in a car driven by a friend – and the other car carried three students she knew well, family members said.
"You can't blame it on anybody," Michelle Pyrtle, Ashley Pyrtle's cousin, said. "That's just how it happened, and you don't know why."
Pyrtle was on the honor roll and ran cross country at Jordan-Matthews, relatives said. She planned to go to Appalachian State University in the fall to study pharmaceuticals and to be with her boyfriend.
Michelle Pyrtle remembered her cousin as a fun-loving, popular girl who had gone to her senior prom last week.
"You could tell that she really cared about anything you talked with her about. She was really interested," Michelle Pyrtle said.
Michelle Pyrtle said she wants to focus on the many good times she had with her cousin.
"We're just so much alike and kind of looked alike and just so close in age and best friends," Michelle Pyrtle said. "I just came home as soon as I found out."
Grief counselors will be on hand for students and staff at Jordan-Matthews on Monday and Tuesday. Chatham County students will be out for a previously scheduled teacher work day on Monday.
Pyrtle's funeral will be held Wednesday afternoon at Oakley Baptist Church in Siler City.