GREENSBURG – Friends of a North Decatur High School sophomore who was killed in a two-vehicle accident Tuesday remembered the 15-year-old as sweet, bold and carefree – with an adventurous spirit thrown in for good measure.
Above all, they remembered Lindsay K. Noah as a devoted friend whose personality embraced everyone she met.
The Greensburg resident lost her life when the eastbound car she was riding in just before 6 p.m. on County Road 500N failed to stop at the State Road 3 intersection, according to the Decatur County Sheriff’s Department. The driver (her 18-year-old brother) went through the stop sign and into the path of a pickup truck.
Many of the girl’s classmates heard about the death that night through social media outlets, including Facebook and Twitter. But facing the reality the next morning was still difficult for many who cried, hugged and reminisced on a day of final exams.
Carmen Zavala, a sophomore, said the death of her friend was so distressing that she had to read each question on one of her exams about five times to understand it.
The school put its two counselors to work, brought in another from South Decatur High School and hosted a St. Maurice Catholic Church youth minister to meet with students who needed to talk, North principal Gary Cook said.
Jackie Blair, who was Noah’s counselor, said counselors were available to distraught students who swung by their offices between classes. They also reached out in some cases to students who they knew would be having a hard time but wouldn’t necessarily take the proactive step of seeking emotional support on their own.
Providing a challenge was that class finals were scheduled for Wednesday. As such, teachers who were upset about the death themselves, had the added challenge of getting students to relax enough to take the test and perform to their fullest abilities.