BATH COUNTY (WSLS) – Markers throughout Bath County are reminders of where a life was lost. There are about 10 scattered throughout the county.
“You see them you don’t forget,” says Robert Plecker, Bath County Sheriff. “You see them everyday. You can’t forget.”
Sheriff Plecker said he’s heartbroken knowing another marker will go up in memory of Ali Wolfe, a Bath County High School student who was about to celebrate her 17th birthday next Friday.
“I don’t know how to say it,” says Plecker. “Ali was one of those kids you wished you had a hundred of them.”
Wolfe crashed about 100 yards away from school. Police say this is truly an accident. She wasn’t using her phone, speeding, and was wearing a seatbelt.
The sheriff showed us some of the dangers on the roads and took us to areas where people have died in crashes. He told us on average one person is killed in an accident in the county every 18 months and a majority of them are new drivers. He said there needs to be more done on driving improvement and safety to prevent another tragedy.
“Is there a fix to this?” said Plecker. “I don’t know what it would be we can only hope and pray the kids learn and it’s sad they have to learn this way.”