North Surry High School students spent the final day before Christmas break mourning the loss of one of their own.
Kristin Goins, 16, was killed in a single-car crash Wednesday afternoon. Another student, Sydni Coalson, 16, the driver of the car, was injured.
After learning of the wreck Wednesday afternoon, Surry County officials postponed all high school related activities for that night. Thursday, the school system focused on offering support for students and faculty at the school.
Sonia Dickerson, director of communications for Surry County Schools, said ten additional counselors and social workers were on hand at North Surry on Thursday to assist students and staff through the grieving process. Additional central office staff were also present at the school to offer support.
School was dismissed at 1 p.m. for the Christmas holiday, but prior to that time, Dickerson said students were taking advantage of the counseling opportunities. “I noticed especially students who had classes with Kristin,” she said.
North Surry staff created a memory wall as a place for students to express their thoughts and feelings for Kristin and her family. “The kids appreciated having a place to share thoughts and feelings on the memory wall,” said Dickerson, “and a lot of them took advantage of that. A lot of nice pictures were hung up there.”
Dickerson added that several students had decorated Kristin’s parking space with signs and balloons and wrote messages on the pavement with sidewalk chalk. “They’ve put a lot of flowers there.”
According to North Carolina Highway Patrol Sgt. Mitch Whitener, Sydni was allegedly driving the 2007 Honda Accord when the vehicle left the right side of the road. He said the teen over-corrected in attempting to get back on the road, her car sliding across the highway, leaving the left side of the road, where it went down an embankment and struck a tree.
According to Surry County Emergency Services Coordinator John Shelton, Kristin died at the scene, while Sydni was taken to the trauma center at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem.
“We’re waiting on a lot more issues to be resolved. We have to cover all of our avenues,” Whitener said Thursday, adding that the driver of the vehicle was still in surgery, and the Highway Patrol had not yet been able to speak to her.
No one has been charged in the accident. “We have to consult with the district attorney,” Whitener said on Wednesday as to whether any charges might be issued. On Thursday, Whitener said that had not changed, and the investigation is still ongoing.
Moody Funeral Home of Mount Airy is handling arrangements. According to the funeral home, a service “of worship and celebration of Kristin’s life” is scheduled for Saturday at 11 a.m. at Antioch Baptist Church. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
No formal visitation will be held at the funeral home or church; however, the family welcomes friends to the home. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that memorial contributions be made to Surry County Schools Educational Foundation, P.O. Box 364, Dobson, NC 27017, to establish a scholarship in Kristin’s memory.
Reach Bill Colvard at 336-415-4699.