School mourns teen girl killed after motorcycle hits minivan in New Castle

"I can't imagine what the family is going through," a teacher said.

Thursday, July 14, 2022
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The William Penn High School community in Delaware is mourning the loss of a student.

NEW CASTLE, Delaware -- The William Penn High School community in Delaware is mourning the loss of a student.

The school announced Thursday that 16-year-old Caitlyn Wilson was one of three people killed in a crash on Route 273 in New Castle on Monday night.

Caitlyn Wilson

Wilson was a member of the William Penn girl's soccer and field hockey teams. She had dreams of becoming a doctor.

"She was a great student. She was very bright and outgoing," said Lars Jensen, a teacher at William Penn High School. "I can't imagine what the family is going through."

A vigil for Wilson is planned for Sunday.

Her 69-year-old grandmother from Florida, Beverly Weaver, also died in the crash. Wilson's mother remains hospitalized.

Thirty-six-year-old Dennis Smith, who was operating the motorcycle, also died as a result of his injuries.

Police say Smith was operating his motorcycle at a high rate of speed when he slammed into the passenger side of the minivan at the intersection with Prangs Lane.