Students and faculty at Mount Vernon High School grieving after 17-year-old girl killed

MOUNT VERNON, Ohio (WCMH)– She is being described as a young lady full of life and expectation for the future.

Senior Chelsea Alaimo was hit at the intersection of Mansfield and Bellmont streets. She died at Knox Community Hospital. The intersection is a school zone, right across from the elementary school.

“We’re going through a grieving process,” says Mt. Vernon High School Principal Kathy Kasler. “We’ve had counselors on hand since school started this morning and we’ll continue as long as we need to.”

Kasler says the 17-year-old was looking forward to graduation. The marquee outside the school still announces the Fall musical and Chelsea was set to play the nurse in ‘The Secret Garden” Friday and Saturday.

“I have a daughter the same age as her,” says Angela Horn. “I just feel for the mother, the parents.”

Horn lives nearby and knew Chelsea as a child. She says drivers regularly speed in the 25 mile an hour zone. She’s talked to her own kids about safety.

Meanwhile, students and staff at Mt. Vernon High School are trying to grieve.

Students create a makeshift memorial where Mt Vernon HS Senior Chelsea Alaimo was killed.
Students create a makeshift memorial where Mt Vernon HS Senior Chelsea Alaimo was killed.

“We need some time. You know, time to heal,” says Kasler.

Curtis Hull of Mt. Vernon was driving the SUV that hit Chelsea. He stayed with her and another juvenile witness until help arrived and investigators say he is cooperating. No charges have been filed. State troopers are still investigating and are awaiting toxicology reports.

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