"Disbelief and heartbroken": Two families mourning after deadly wrong way crash

"Disbelief and heartbroken": Two families mourning after deadly wrong way crash
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Today, loved ones of the two people killed on US 23 during a wrong way driver incident are trying to process it all with heavy hearts.

Ohio State Highway Patrol said the crash happened around 10:42 Saturday night. State troopers have identified the wrong way driver as Carol Fowler, 56, of Pickerington.

They said a trooper was driving Southbound on US 23 between Asheville and Circleville when he noticed the car coming towards him. He flipped on his lights in an attempt to get the driver's attention. In that time, authorities said Fowler sideswiped the trooper's car along with hitting three other vehicles.

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Authorities said 17-year-old Joshua Fyffe Jr. was killed and his passenger, a 17-year-old, was flown to Grant Medical Center in critical condition.

Those who knew both of the people killed are in shock and heartbroken.

South-Western City School District confirmed Fowler was a teacher at Jackson Middle School for 16 years.

In a statement released to us from the district, they said, "Carol was a valued member of our teaching staff and an active parent volunteer in the school district. She made a difference in the lives of all of the students she taught and the families she helped. We extend our deepest sympathy to Carol's family, friends, colleagues, and former students as well as everyone impacted by the accident."

We spoke with a former student who said Fowler was her eighth grade social studies teacher. Elizabeth, who asked to withhold her last name, describes Fowler as caring and silly.

Elizabeth said Fowler treated all of her students like her own kids and would often continue visiting with former students, staying up-to-date on their lives.

She said she is sad for both families who lost their loved ones in the crash.

"Being a teacher I know if she had accidentally killed a kid and then if she herself has gotten to live I mean it would've just broken her," Elizabeth said.

We also spoke with several people off-camera who knew Joshua Fyffe Jr., who are devastated.

One man who wished to remain anonymous said he subbed as a teacher and taught Fyffe Jr. for three months. He described him as extremely funny and a happy-go-lucky student.

Authorities say this is an ongoing investigation.