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Community remembers 17-year-old Iowa City crash victim


A moped accident took the life of 17-year-old Caroline Found from Iowa City Thursday night.

Police say she was driving home from a church function, when she lost control and struck a tree in the median.

She was not wearing a helmet.

Found's number nine volleyball jersey now hangs among her memorial at the site of Thursday night's accident.

"She touched everyone she met.  I don't know what I'm going to do without her," said teammate and friend Olivia Fairfield.

Teammates, friends, and family are left trying to make sense of it all.

"A lot of people are angry.  You think one inch either direction and this wouldn't be a factor," said Kathy Bresnahan, who coached Found three years at Iowa City West high school.

The support shown for the West high senior has been overwhelming.

"People just showed up at our practice that was scheduled this morning, and we sat on the court and we decided as a group to come down to the site," Bresnahan said.

Friday morning cars filled the streets, as hundreds made their way arm in arm along Mormon Trek Boulevard to pay tribute to their friend.

"Everyone loved her.  Everyone knows her in this community and we just pray for her and her family," said teammate and friend Alli O'Deen.

Friends say they'll remember Found for her positive, upbeat personality.  They say she was loving, supportive, and her sense of humor was contagious.

"If you ever weren't doing so well, she'd crack a joke on the court or just give you a hug," O'Deen said.

Those close to her say Found was helping show somebody the way home from a church function just before her accident.  At just 17-years-old, she'll be remembered for the way she touched so many lives.

"She was a tremendous leader, a tremendous athlete.  I know she was the apple of her parents' eyes.  She was a quality kid, she really was," Bresnahan said.

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