Local educators killed in bus crash in Mexico
SEATTLE - A North Mason School District employee and her husband, a Clover Park Technical College professor, were among 12 people killed in a bus crash in southeastern Mexico on Tuesday, according to a statement from the district.
Jody Fritz and her husband Andy Fritz were with a group traveling from a cruise ships to visit nearby Mayan ruins, when the bus flipped over on the narrow highway, according to officials.
Jody Fritz was the assistant principal at Sand Hill Elementary School in Belfair. Andy Fritz was a professor at Clover Park Technical College in Lakewood.
"I'm in shock still," said Sand Hill principal Jason Swaser. "I think it's going to take me a while to process this still with how our staff is handling it and kids are handling it, it just seems unreal."
Clover Park Technical College remembered Andy for inspiring students as an environmental science professor for about two decades. Loved ones told KOMO News both educators had a passion for running and went above and beyond for their students and families over the years.
"They were easygoing," said family friend Tim Paul. "Jody was always laughing and smiling and Andy had a quirky sense of humor."
The district said grief counselors were available for students and staff on Wednesday, and will continue to provide support when schools return from their winter break. The district also said it would provide support during winter break, but would release details later.
"They were non-stop going. Helping people, selfless, never really thinking of themselves...just living life to the fullest everyday..." Swaser said.
The Associated Press said eight Americans, two Swedes, one Canadian and a Mexican tour guide died in the crash.