Community mourns Herriman High School student killed in crash

Posted at 10:22 PM, Oct 29, 2015

HERRIMAN, Utah -- The Herriman High School community is sharing their heartbreak on social media after the principal announced the death of sophomore Cadee Conner Thursday afternoon, who was killed in a crash that also injured several others.

With messages like “Rest in peace beautiful” and “you will be missed gorgeous girl,” friends, classmates, and faculty are just starting to come to grips with the loss of the young girl.

Head counselor at Herriman High School, John Blodgett, says they’ll be bringing in extra counselors this week and next to provide support for the school community.

“Our hearts and prayers and thoughts go out to the families of those involved," Blodgett said. "We have support for all those in the community. The other schools, the feeder schools, are welcome to come here for support."

While sharing condolences, memories, and sorrow, many of these social media messages also include warnings, like one posted on the Herriman High School PTSA Facebook page.

The message reads in part, “I beg every person who travels the MVC to please slow down and stop before the light turns red. A few minutes at a red light is worth the lives of those who are also traveling.”

It’s a message shared by law enforcement, like Unifed Police Department officer Ken Hansen.

“One of the issues is that the speed limits on Mountain View are usually around 55-65 depending on what side you're on," he said. "The problem is if you run a red light, it can be extremely tragic here with those particular speeds."

According to the Utah Department of Transportation, there have been six deadly crashes on the 18-mile stretch of the Mountain View corridor since it opened three years ago. It’s a stinging statistic made all the more real when you look at a simple tweet posted by Conner last week, which reads: “Didn’t October just start?”

A GoFundMe page has been created to help the Connor family with the funeral costs, click here for details.