In the span of three days, two Washington State University students were killed while driving home for Thanksgiving Break. The Washington State Patrol confirms 20-year-old Washington State University student Morgan Cope died in a head-on collision on Hwy 26 Sunday afternoon. A different crash on Hwy 195 sent one girl to the hospital and killed 18-year-old Christine Hunter.
The Hunter family says they are still in shock.
"Kinda numb I think," mom Jill Hunter says. "We all are."
Friday, their youngest was driving home when they got a strange sense of foreboding. Older brother Alec Hunter was at college in Bozeman when he began to worry.
"I had an urgent feeling to call home. I had to call," he explains.
Then, the family got the call. The one no parent should have to get. Christine had died while driving home.
She was a freshman a WSU and a member of Delta Delta Delta sorority. Her family says she loved the Greek Community, and she was excited to move into her sorority. They describe Christine as having a big heart. One friend came to them after her passing, and told them Christine stood up for her in school when she was bullied.
The family remembers her as being very ambitious. A 4.0 student at Shadle Park High School, she was at WSU on an academic scholarship. She was studying Biochemistry and hoped to become a brain surgeon. Her mother says her last text from Christine was how excited she was to study neuroscience.
"She was a shining star. She was going to make a big impact, I know it," her mother says.
Christine's friend, WSU student Sidney Ritter, was a passenger in her car. She is in the hospital listed under serious condition. Her parents say Christine and Sidney grew up playing soccer together.
The close-knit family doesn't know when it will sink in that Christine's not coming home for Thanksgiving, but say they at least know the last months of her life were good ones.
"She was just in such a good place," Alec says. "I can find peace in that; that she was having the time of her life. That she was so happy."