Reynoldsburg News

District mourns death of Encore student


Students and staff at Reynoldsburg Encore Academy are mourning the loss of senior Jasmine Sadiq, who died after being struck by an SUV last week.

Sadiq, 17, was walking from a retirement community where she worked when she and former Reynoldsburg student Jeffrey Smith, 18, crossed Hamilton Road at Thompson Road about 8 p.m. Oct. 11. The two teens were struck by an SUV driven by a Gahanna woman.

Columbus police said Sadiq was pronounced dead at the scene. Smith was transported to Grant Medical Center.

Police said the crash is under investigation, but witnesses told officers the driver of the SUV had a green light at the time of the crash and stopped immediately at the accident scene.

Tricia Moore, district director of partnerships and shared services, said students at Encore Academy are "discussing the possibility of a vigil, but have not yet finalized plans."

"They are trying to be respectful and inclusive of the family, which also is finalizing arrangements," she said.

Moore said guidance counselors and teachers tended to students on Friday, Oct. 12.

"They talked especially to seniors at Encore Academy, although Jasmine had friends across the district who needed support," she said.

Moore said classes returned to normal at Encore on Monday, Oct. 15.

"Guidance counselors, however, are available for any student who is struggling with Jasmine's passing," she said.

Sadiq's uncle, Mike Chanthasene, told WBNS 10TV that Sadiq would leave a "lasting impression" on her family.

"Even though she's no longer here with us, she will live through each one of us," he said. "This is the one person who I can say lived her life to the fullest with what time she had."

Family members said a funeral service for Sadiq will likely be scheduled for Friday, Oct. 19.