John Carroll Graduate Remembered Following Fatal Crash

A service honoring the life of Hannah Kriss is scheduled to take place Saturday in Bel Air.

An 18-year-old graduate lost her life in a car accident Tuesday, and the school's campus minister says her loss has sent ripples through the school community.

Hannah Kriss, of the 100 block of Theodora Court in Forest Hill, died at the scene of the crash after and brushed one car then hit a second head-on, according to Maryland State Police Bel Air Barrack.

"Hannah was filled with life and she lit up a room with her huge smile," Patti Murphy Dohn, John Carroll Campus Minister, said Thursday.

Dohn, now in her 32nd year at the school, explained she has know Kriss and her family for a long time. Not only did Kriss's two older siblings attend the school, but all three went through as did Dohn's own children.

"She had a loving and caring heart and always tried to see the good side in people," Dohn said, later adding, "She frequently pulled for a person who might be labeleld an underdog because she saw the best in everyone."

The teen worked at the recently opened and was currently coaching cheerleading through Viper Athletics.

“She was very involved with dance, with cheer, had a long history with the Vipers. I’m sure you’ve read a lot of their messages they're just in shock,” Dohn said.

Dohn said the remaining members of the Class of 2012 are also in shock.

"They’re so filled with their plans for college and some of them have already left and some about to leave and they just can’t believe this has happened," she said.

Kriss is the second recent John Carroll School graduate to die in a car accident this summer.

, son of Harford County Council President Billy Boniface, died at the age of 20 following

"We’ve had a horrible year to be honest, , she was from the sophomore class, Ben of our class of 2010 died in June, we have had several parents die this summer, there have been way way too many deaths in this school community," Dohn said.

She said in light of these losses, the school plans to start a support group when the school year begins.

"I’ve told them all Hannah is dancing in heaven right now, that was her passion," Dohn said.

A mass in memory of Kriss is scheduled to take place Saturday at 9:30 a.m. at St. Margaret's Church, located at 141 N. Hickory Avenue in Bel Air, according to a notice posted on the Vipers Athletics website. A reception will follow at the Callahan Center at St. Margaret's Middle School Campus located at 1716 Churchville Road.

Vipers Coach Tom Judy posted the following message on the cheerleading organization's website Tuesday:

It is with a heavy heart that I inform you that we have lost a valuable member of our family tonight. Hannah Kriss, former cheerleader and present coach, has passed away today in a fatal car accident. Hannah was such a performer! She made dance look like it was easy, when we all know how hard it truly was. She captivated you and made you never want to look away. The amount of passion and perseverance that she portrayed was something that we all shoot for in life. Even when she was hurt, she never gave up on her team.

I want to take a moment to let her family know that our thoughts and prayers are with them during this very unfortunate time. Hannah was a great person; full of positive energy. She and her family have played an intricate role in the Viper program throughout the years. Hannah will be greatly missed, but never forgotten.

Do you have positive memories of this young lady? Share positive comments, stories and thoughts below.

Kirsten Dize August 16, 2012 at 06:08 PM
Just a heads up, negative comments about this young woman will be removed.
Jenn Breece August 16, 2012 at 06:37 PM
prayers go to her family and loved ones.
Daley-Clark August 16, 2012 at 07:34 PM
So sorry, I have teens and could not even imagine what the family is going through. Out thought and prayer are with the family and the community.
Frank Roese August 16, 2012 at 08:57 PM
My heart pours for this young woman and her family and friends. Many thoughts and prayers have been sent in this terrible time of loss.
debbie donahue August 17, 2012 at 11:55 AM
I know the pain the Kriss's are going through right now..My 22 yr old son died 6 years ago and I relive that eerie phone call from the police everytime I read a story of a young life lost...May their faith,famly and friends help them through these dark days...May peace and comfort come to them.....God Bless
Karen Petrecca August 17, 2012 at 02:05 PM
I have felt the pain the Kris's family is going thru, my daughter, Allison was a Viper's cheerleader also and died in 2003 5 months after she graduated from Bel Air high school in a car crash. God bless this family as they will need everyones prayers, and support to continue in this life.
glenn August 17, 2012 at 03:51 PM
I went to school with Allison in middle school..
John Carroll Campus Ministry August 17, 2012 at 03:59 PM
As we at John Carroll mourn the loss of Hannah, our hearts go out to to all families who suffer the reminder of losing a loved one. Sending prayers to the Donahues and the Petreccas.
Evelyn August 17, 2012 at 05:18 PM
My heart aches for the Kriss Family. May they find some measure of comfort and peace in the knowledge that many share their tears today, and even though hearts are heavy, tomorrow we will wear green and smile because of how fortunate we were to know Hannah. Forever in our hearts. Rest in heavenly peace.
Leslie Schildgen August 17, 2012 at 05:47 PM
Just a heads up. . . you're sick to even think anyone would say anything bad to hurt this family
debbie donahue August 17, 2012 at 10:59 PM
Thank You for your prayers..We still need all the prayers we can get....It is a terrible tragedy that has forever change our lives..Thanks for adding us to your post Sincerely, Debbie Donahue
Mel Rowland August 18, 2012 at 01:54 AM
Leslie- On the original post about this tragic accident, there were several people who made hurtful comments and inaccurate assumptions in regards to the manor of her death. All of which are hurtful and unnecessary in the time of mourning for all who knew her. The Patch is simply trying to maintain the comment to feed to heartfelt sympathies towards the family and friends of Hannah and not allow it to be used a soapbox for so many who can not respect the loss of this young girls life.
PurpleNeons August 18, 2012 at 06:47 AM
Thank you.....I hope this policy is consistent. Many who comment have shown a total lack of common decency when someone perishes in a tragic accident. They can't wait to do a Maryland case search so they can gossip. Like I said, hope this policy is consistent.
RJ August 18, 2012 at 05:21 PM
Sadly, you're wrong Leslie. There were insensitive and inappropriate comments posted within hours of the terrible accident. Maybe not intended to be that way but under the circumstances, ignorant at least and unkind at worst. Good for the Patch to take a stand in the cause of respect and decency.
Lauren August 21, 2012 at 04:26 PM
Hannah was an amazing person. I cheered with her and she was the best dancer on the team. No pressure ever got to her and she made it look easy. Whenever the team was stressed out she would give the best pep talks and help us be ready to compete. Without her I don't know how I would have made it though. Everyone on the team was a family and we were all so close. I am still praying for her family. Heaven got a beautiful and talented angel up there and now she is in a better place to dance her heart out
Bob August 21, 2012 at 06:29 PM
This girl i only getting so much attention because of how hotttt she is
Olivia November 14, 2012 at 09:51 PM
My brother, Will, was with Hannah the night before she passed. Friends since kindergarten! We are good family friends of the Kriss family. It was just such a shock, it was almost as if the world had stopped when it happened. She was just so amazing, gorgeous, talented. Almost everything good that a person can be described as, she was. And still is. Today marks 3 months without this beautiful woman here, 3 months to many. But there's nothing better than a dancing angel. You are so so so deeply missed Hannah. When I hear thunder, I know it's you dancing your heart out up there. Rest easy beautiful angel<3 You are so deeply missed. Hannah Mackensie Kriss~ July 4th, 1994-August 14th, 2012 WE MISS YOU ANGEL<3


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