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Bear River grad killed in Highway 49 crash remembered as ‘a delight’

Bear River High School might be closed — but Principal Chris Roberts said grief counseling is available to students or family coping with the death of 2019 graduate Alyssa Scheda.

Scheda, 18, was killed in a collision Saturday after her vehicle crossed into oncoming traffic on Highway 49, authorities said.

“We have resources available,” Roberts said, adding the school’s counselors are reachable by email — Cindy Henry-Grimm at chenrygrimm@njuhsd.com or Mary Buhr at mbuhr@njuhsd.com. Roberts is also available: croberts@ njuhsd.com.

“Alyssa had a contagious passion for life,” said teacher Matt MacDonald, who had Scheda in his Government and Economics class last year. “She was polite, respectful, and well-admired by her peers. In class, Alyssa loved to ask questions. She was a person of great conviction and always stood up for what she felt was right. We are all devastated by her loss.”

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Sara Noah had Scheda in her senior English class last year, calling her “a hardworking, positive young lady who was a delight to have in class.”

Both Noah and Roberts noted that this year’s senior class started their time at the high school with two similar deaths — that of Jude Douden and Joseph Rantz, who were killed in a crash in December 2016. Nevada Union students suffered a devastating loss in March 2018 when a drunken driver killed Justin Gardner and Tyler Nielson.

Scheda was driving a Honda Civic southbound on Highway 49 around 2:45 p.m. Saturday when she moved into the northbound lanes near Lone Star Road and collided head-on with a Mini Cooper being driven by Madison Preston, 23, of Grass Valley. Scheda also hit a box truck being driven by Martin Ortiz, 52, of Citrus Heights, said California Highway Patrol Officer David Martinez.

Preston was taken to a Roseville hospital with serious injuries and Ortiz was uninjured, Martinez said.

The collision remains under investigation, but alcohol or drugs are not believed to be a factor, he said.

“We are so saddened by this tragedy,” Noah said. “We will miss her terribly.”

Contact reporter Liz Kellar at 530-477-4236 or by email at lizk@theunion.com.


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