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Principal remembers Tulsa teen killed in crash


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Reported by: Ian Silver
Updated: 6/20/2013 5:22 pm Published: 6/20/2013 4:54 pm


A Tulsa junior high school principal is remembering a teenager killed in a crash on Thursday morning.

Police said Caleb Elliott was killed when a pickup truck accidentally t-boned the car Caleb and his mother were in at 11th and Memorial.

Police said the car was heading north when it stalled and rolled into the intersection as she tried to restart it and that’s when the truck hit the car. Caleb was killed, it was his 15th birthday.

"I know my staff and I were shocked and saddened. And knowing his family like we do, our hearts go out to them," said Melissa Venable, principal at Nathan Hale Junior High.

Elliott had just finished 8th grade as was excited about starting high school in the fall.

"A lot of his teachers had very good relationships with him. He loved math. And he got along pretty well here,” she said.

Venable said he was a unique and sweet kid, "Quiet, but respectful. Had very good relationships with the adults, and had a few good friends that he kept close," she added.

While she mourns a student she was close to, she is relieved his classmates are on summer break.

"It would have been difficult to share with the students and staff, because he was very well-loved," she said.

As someone who works with teens every day she said it is hard for her to accept losing someone who had his whole life in front of him, especially on his birthday.

"They are making decisions and selecting courses in high school that will serve them, you know, have a direct impact on life beyond high school. And I hate that those choices were cut off for him today," she said.

At this point it does not appear that the other driver will face any charges.


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