UPDATE: Hundreds Mourn Two Teens Killed in Marmet Crash

By: Rahel Solomon; Michael Clouse; WSAZ News Staff Email
By: Rahel Solomon; Michael Clouse; WSAZ News Staff Email

How to Help Community Recover from Trauma

MARMET, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Through grieving comes healing, but that of course can be a very difficult process.  

The grief process is one that takes a good amount of time and unfortunately for this community, the pain is far from over. However, there are things parents can do to help.  

With tears streaming and candles flickering, the initial step in the grieving process is evident; and so is the question on all of these folks minds: "How do you cope with another tragedy?" 

"You tell them you love them and hope they come home every night," said Lisa Workman. "You just don't know what to say." 

Workman is the mother of two children from Riverside High School. She admits, it's a difficult time for her children and for herself.  

"They'll go through the process we all to through, sadness, anger, bewilderment," Dr. David Clayman said. 

As a psychologist, Dr. Clayman has handled several traumatic situations. 

However, with every tragedy comes a period of recovery. It starts among friends, then with parents, and finally through the help of the church and surrounding community.    

That initial phase was seen Monday night. 

"We just try to be there to support," Riverside Principal Valery Harper said. "With the stages of death, you can't force a kid through the stages." 

However, perhaps the most important step comes from a child's mother and father. 

"Children hear what their parents have to say and if the parents don't say it, it's almost like it's not important anymore," Clayman said.    

That consoling should come with a lesson. 

"What they'll hopefully learn is to be more careful," Clayman said, "that even though they think they're omnipotent and that life will not come to an end and nothing bad will happen to them, one small second of carelessness, one small mistake, there's a lifetime of grieving that will now go on."

UPDATE 10/13/13 @ 11:30 p.m.
MARMET, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Hundreds gathered Monday night at Riverside High School to mourn the sudden loss of two teenagers.

Recent graduate Mason Roush, 18, and senior Cody Purdue,17, were involved in a head-on collision Saturday night on Route 61 in the Marmet section of Kanawha County. Both were pronounced dead on the scene.

Perdue's passenger, 17-year-old Kirsten Young was hurt in the crash but is expected to be OK.

On Monday night, friends and family of those involved said the pain is inexplicable.

“I can't explain it, there’s no explanation for it,” said Roush’s friend Zach Cook said. "It just hurts.”

Saturday's crash brings the total number of deaths among the school to four in just the last six months.

Roush’s teacher Kimberly Morgan says the pain cuts deep.

“They become family, and when something happens to one of them it just rips our heart out,” Morgan said.

Friends of both teens say they were known for having kind hearts -- who always saw the good in people.

State Police say it appears alcohol and drugs were not a factor in the crash. The medical examiner is performing a full toxicology report to confirm the assessment.

UPDATE 10/13/13 @ 9:40 p.m.
MARMET, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- West Virginia State Police have released the names of two people killed in a head on crash Saturday night on W.Va. 61 in Marmet.

State police troopers say a Ford F-150 pickup truck driven by 18-year-old Mason Roush was attempting to pass a car when it collided head-on in the northbound lane with a Chevrolet S-10 pickup truck driven by 17-year-old Cody Perdue.

Both Perdue and Roush died at the scene of the crash.

Perdue's passenger, 17-year-old Kirsten Young, was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Police say drugs and alcohol are not suspected, but the bodies of the two men will be taken to the medical examiners office for a toxicology report.

UPDATE 10/13/13 @ 10:22 a.m.
MARMET, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- New information is released in a crash killing two people Saturday night in Marmet.

West Virginia State Police say two trucks collided head on while driving on Route 61. They say one truck, driven by an 18-year-old man, was trying to pass another car . Witnesses told police he was not driving at a high rate of speed, but that he did not have enough time to pass the other vehicle.

The pickup collided with another truck.

The 17-year-old driver of the second truck was killed and pronounced dead on scene. His 17-year-old female passenger was taken to the hospital with serious injuries, but is expected to recover. The 18-year-old driver of the other truck was also pronounced dead on the scene.

Names of the victims will not be released, pending notification of the family.

Police say drugs and alcohol are not suspected, but the bodies of the two men will be taken to the medical examiners office for a toxicology report.

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MARMET, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Fire crews in Marmet say two people have died after a bad crash.

They tell WSAZ.com it happened on MacCorkle Avenue just after 11 Saturday night.

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