Friends, Family Mourn Teen Killed in Crash

Five people were in Mazda when it crashed early on Sunday

By Nicole Ward and Eric S. Page
|  Monday, Oct 5, 2009  |  Updated 6:47 PM PDT
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Friends, Family Mourn Teen Killed in Crash

His fellow students are grieving after a 17-year-old Torrey Pines High School student died in a crash over the weekend.
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His fellow students are grieving after a 17-year-old Torrey Pines High School student was killed in a crash over the weekend.

Hearts were heavy at school on the the first day back at classes after the wreck in Rancho Santa Fe. Students are mourning the death of Alex Capozza. Capozza was in the rear passenger seat and not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash, according to the North County Times.

Even those who didn't personally know Capozza or the others in the vehicle sounded deeply affected, and it was easy to see why.

"All of these kids are well-known seniors on this campus -- gregarious, likable kids," Principal Brett Killeen said.

Over the weekend an automated message went out to all 2,626 students enrolled at Torrey Pines High.

"In generic terms, that our community has suffered a tragic loss," Killeen said. "We did not name names out of respect for the families."

Students, however, knew the names -- word spread quickly through Facebook.

A student who was hospitalized after the crash, Jamie Arnold, who was identified by numerous sources, was described by one friend as a good kid. Arnold, too, is 17 years old.

The students were traveling in a speeding Mazda about 1:45 a.m. when the car crashed and rolled several times on La Granada. The driver, also 17, was arrested on suspicion of DUI. Police have not yet identified the driver.

Extra psychologists will be on hand for students for as long as they need, according to school officials.

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