Funeral services are set for Briar Woods High School Assistant Principal Jonathon Kite, who died on Monday in a three-car crash in Page County. Community members are remembering Kite this week as a supportive friend and teacher.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Kyger Funeral Home in Harrisonburg. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the same location.
According to Virginia State Police, Kite was driving a Kia Telluride westbound on Rt. 211 near Luray at 4:54 p.m. when his car ran off the roadway just before the intersection with Bixlers Ferry Road. The car crossed the median and hit an eastbound Chevy Impala in a head-on crash, then hit a GMC Envoy. The driver of the Chevy also died in the crash, and a woman in the GMC was not injured. Police said that Kite, a resident of Elkton, MD, was wearing a seat belt.
Briar Woods Principal Chris O’Rourke described the “indelible mark on our community” that Kite had made since joining Briar Woods two years ago. Kite previously worked at Potomac Falls High School and in the school district’s central office. Counselors were on hand at Briar Woods this week to help students and teachers cope with the loss.
During the School Board meeting Tuesday night, members expressed their condolences to the family, as well as shock at the loss of a leader with the LCPS community.
School Board member Joy Maloney (Broad Run) said that Kite was very personable, an eager and helpful employee who gave her a safety pin during graduation ceremonies earlier this month. “I know that we’re all going to miss him greatly,” she said.
“Whenever I see the sun shining, I will remember Jonathon Kite,” said Vice Chairwoman Brenda Sheridan (Sterling).