Remembering A Student, Classmate

by Emily Baird on March 9, 2010 at 5:45 am

The atmosphere at Tri-Valley Middle School is Solemn. Students and staff are dealing with the death of a one of their own.

13-year-old Alison Clark was killed in a head-on collision that occurred last night.

"Obviously, it’s a very sensitive time. Out of respect for Alison’s memory, we really want to allow time for the family, our students, and our staff to grieve, " says principal Jennifer Penczarski.

Penczarski says the district wants to be there to help support students and staff through this time.

"We’ve brought in additional counselors. Six county has been here. We have plans to do that as long as needed, " says Penczarski.

Alison was a passenger in the black Intrepid, driven by her mom, 37-year-old Amy Caplinger. The Zanesville Post of the State Highway Patrol says their car was struck by 20-year-old Zakery McCloud. Troopers say McCloud was attempting to pass a car in his lane when the incident occurred.

All three were transported to hospitals in Zanesville. Both Caplinger and McCloud were then taken by Medflight to Grant Medical Center in Columbus. A hospital spokeswoman says Caplinger is in serious condition and McCloud is listed in fair condition. Sergeant Jeremy Mendenhall says Alison was pronounced dead at Bethesda Hospital.

Hillis and Hardwick Funeral home in Zanesville is handling the arrangements. It says the funeral date will be set as soon as Alison’s mom recovers from her injuries.