By Joe Beck -- firstname.lastname@example.org
A single-vehicle crash Saturday night sent three students from Strasburg High School to a hospital and left one seriously injured, according to Virginia State Police.
State police said the 2001 Saturn driven by Colby Cooper, 18, of Strasburg, left Mount Hebron Road around 10:50 p.m. Saturday and hit a rock. Four passengers were in the car with Colby, state police said.
State police said Cooper and two of the passengers were transported to one or more unspecified hospitals. One of the passengers, Jymi Rudolph, suffered serious unspecified injuries that led to a two-day outpouring of support for her at Strasburg High School.
The others have since been released from the hospital, Strasburg school officials said.
Sgt. Charles Faudree of the state police said Cooper was issued a citation for reckless driving. Speed appeared to be a factor in the crash, which was investigated by state trooper D.A. Mauck, Faudree said.
Holly W. Rusher, assistant principal at Strasburg High School, said Jymi Rudolph was the focus of attention throughout the day Monday.
Rusher said parents organized a 30-minute to 45-minute prayer service Sunday afternoon that drew "quite a significant turnout" and a wide variety of Strasburg residents to the football field.
Rusher said a majority of Strasburg High School students wore purple, the school colors, to classes Monday in a show of support for Rudolph.
A banner signed by hundreds of student well-wishers hung over a table in the cafeteria. One of the teachers also brought the students together for an all school photo.
Rusher said extra counselors were available to help students cope with the emotional fallout. She praised the students for what she called a "very mature" reaction to Rudolph's injuries.
"I think it's just an overall feeling of support coming together, being there for each other," Rusher said of the mood of the school.
She described Rudolph as "a very good student, great athlete, very well liked ... a very good girl."