COLLEGE STATION, Texas (KXAN) — A Texas A&M University student has died after she was hit by a garbage truck on Thursday, Sept. 8 around 11 a.m.
Alannah Rose Ritch, 21, was riding her bicycle on the 300 block of Ayrshire Street when she was run over by the truck. First responders say the student died at the scene from her injuries.
Ritch was a 2013 graduate of San Marcos High School, she’s remembered as a good student by her teachers and a good friend by her classmates.
“On behalf of the SMHS family, we send our deepest condolences to the Ritch family,” Principal Kelli Lopez said, “Alannah was an exemplary student with a rich heart and energetic spirit. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family during this emotional time. Our Rattler family will always cherish memories of Alannah.”
“Alannah was so innocent, she doesn’t deserve this and her family doesn’t deserve this,” said Zach Sambrano, one of Ritch’s classmates. “She was awesome, she was just so much fun!”
Friday nights for head band director Damon Knight are usually full of excitement while his students prepare for the big halftime show. This night, he says, feels a little different. For seven years Knight taught Ritch in his band hall.
“You don’t realize the emotional investment that you are putting in all of our kids,” said Knight. “She liked to joke and have fun and was just a good kid to be around. I never heard one person say a negative thing about her.”
Knight says Ritch was a wonderful french horn player, but it was her character and love for others that made her stand apart from everyone. He says Ritch not only excelled in school but was a mentor to many of the young students.
“If you want an example to live your life by, it’s Alannah,” said Knight. “Nobody is perfect, but as far as a teacher viewing a student, she’s pretty close.”
For those who graduated in 2013 from San Marcos High School, this is the second of their classmates to be killed this year. In January, 20-year-old Sara Mutschlechner was killed in Denton after someone in an SUV opened gunfire toward her car. Mutschlechner was struck, and her car crashed into a utility pole.
“It’s sad, you know it really makes you think that tomorrow can be my last day. You really can’t take life for granted,” said Sambrano.
Sambrano says both of the girls will continue to be remembered during class reunions.