The Stafford County Sheriff’s Office says it is still investigating a March 29 car crash that killed a Mountain View High School student.
Kyle Morgan, 16, died from injuries sustained in a head-on collision shortly after 7 a.m. that Thursday in the 1900 block of Poplar Road, about 4 miles from Mountain View High School. He was a passenger in a 2005 Hyundai Accent that crossed the centerline and struck a 2003 Chevrolet Silverado, according to a search warrant filed in Stafford Circuit Court.
Morgan died the following day from blunt-force trauma to the head and lower extremities, according to the Medical Examiner’s Office. The driver of the Hyundai, also a Mountain View student, was injured in the accident.
To date, no charges have been filed in the crash.
The Sheriff’s Office would only confirm the time and location of the accident and say it involved two vehicles and juveniles. “We are still in the middle of the investigation, so those are the only details we can release at this time,” a spokeswoman said in an email.
In 2008, Stafford voters approved a $70 million bond referendum that included upgrades to Poplar Road. But the stretch of Poplar where the accident occurred is outside the scope of that project, which will improve the road’s sharp curve at the intersection of Cedar Hill Lane.
Traffic engineers with the Virginia Department of Transportation will probably inspect the site of the crash early next week and make recommendations for improvements, if any, the following week. VDOT conducts onsite investigations after all fatal crashes.
Morgan’s obituary described him as “kind, gentle, caring, giving and always happy.” He loved music and was a great piano player, added the obituary, which asked that donations be made to hungryformusic.org in lieu of flowers.
“Putting others first was his way and was expressed in the end by his generosity of donating his organs to save the lives of others,” the obituary stated.
Mountain View students held a candlelight vigil for Morgan at the school on the night of March 30.
One student wrote on Twitter that Morgan was “easily one of the funniest people I have ever met.”
Another student wrote that she was in disbelief. “I’m waiting for that Snapchat at the end of the day asking how my day was, that I’m not going to get,” she tweeted. “You were truly an amazing person. Rest easy Ky.”
Stafford Supervisor Mark Dudenhefer mentioned the accident at a meeting Tuesday and said he planned to visit Mountain View.
His 17-year-old daughter, Emily, was killed in 2004 after her car, which was being driven by a friend, crashed into a tree on Mountain View Road. She was a Colonial Forge High School student at the time.
“I know how that impacts children because I’ve kind of been through that,” Dudenhefer said. “I’ve seen how it affects families, it affects schools, it affects the administration, it affects everyone. So my heart goes out to you. I know what many of you are going through.”