Student's death a
blow to school
R.L. Turner athlete killed in crash; driver has been
The Dallas Morning News-February 22, 2002
Author: KATHERINE MORALES, Staff Writer
Classrooms and locker rooms at R. L. Turner High
School were silent last week at the news of the death of a classmate and friend.
The message carried along the halls was that
sophomore Ronnie Dorsey, 16, a varsity football player, died in a car accident
"I couldn't believe it. ... I'd just seen him earlier
that day," junior Prince Fuller said. "I used to hang out with him, and this
year we really bonded - we saw each other just about every day."
Ronnie, by all accounts a popular student, headed to
Dallas with friends Feb. 12.
The driver, [xxxx], 17, of Farmers Branch lost
control of the car at 6 p.m. in South Dallas on S. M. Wright Freeway, near
Police said the vehicle went down a grass embankment
near Cooper Street and slid on its roof along a service road for about 100 feet
before slamming into a tree.
Three of the car's occupants were injured, and two -
Ronnie and Elmer Anthony Funes, 20 - were killed.
Two other R.L. Turner students in the vehicle, [xxxxxx], 15, and
[xxxxxx], 17, were taken to Baylor Medical Center in
[xxxxx] was released from the hospital. She could
not be reached for comment. [See Notes Below]
[xxxxx] remains in the intensive care unit.
[xxxxxx], a former R.L. Turner student, is being
held at the Lew Sterrett Justice Center in Dallas on two counts of intoxication
manslaughter and two counts of intoxication assault, Dallas County sheriff's
Sgt. Don Peritz said. She was arraigned Feb. 15.
"She has hired her own attorney," Sgt. Peritz said.
The district provided additional counselors at R.L.
Turner the day after the accident.
"I think they can't believe it," said Janet Beeler,
intervention specialist with the Carrollton-Farmers Branch school district. "We
did help with grief counseling that day because students do seek that."
R. L. Turner head football coach Jody Allen was one
of the first people to find out about the accident.
He went with police officials to inform Ronnie's
mother about the accident that evening. Ronnie's letter jacket gave police the
first clue to his identity.
"He was the only freshman I remember us moving up to
the [junior varsity football] squad," Mr. Allen said. "He was talented, but
things like this make our other players think about their own mortality."
Ronnie was an only child; he and his mother had just
moved to Las Colinas a few months ago.
"I'd been over to his house before he moved, and we
always just chilled outside, played basketball - whatever," junior Broderick
Watson said. "He was so funny - he always had people laughing."
To help Ronnie's family arrange a burial in Chicago,
students initiated an impromptu fund-raiser and managed to get just over $400.
"We also want to have another letter jacket
made to give to his mother," Mr. Allen said. "Nobody knows what you're going
through unless they've gone through it."
The Dallas Morning News - February 22, 2002
NOTES: The toxicology
reports came back negative and the girls were released from all charges