SU students mourn freshman killed in Anne Arundel Co. crash

Close friends of Susie Badders say the news still doesn’t seem real.

The 19-year-old Salisbury University student was killed in a fatal crash over the weekend in Anne Arundel County.

“I just couldn’t believe it was true, I broke down and I’m not afraid to admit it,” says Hayden Oursler, a close friend of Susie.

“It was the worst news I’ve ever gotten in my life,” says Arianna Woodley, a close friend of Susie and her family. “That’s my best friend, you don’t expect things like that to happen.”

Maryland State Police say they are continuing their investigation into the crash, and no charges have been filed yet. Susie’s car was reportedly stopped in a heavy line of traffic on Route 50 on Sunday when her vehicle was struck by 28-year-old Travis Ala. He is employed as a police officer with the Takoma Park Police Department, but was off-duty at the time of the crash.

Susie, her boyfriend, Jason Simpkins, and her father, Raymond, were all killed in the crash, leaving behind her mother and four older sisters.

“Her mom is heartbroken, that’s her baby, you don’t expect to lose your youngest child at such a young age, it’s hard for them,” says Woodley. “Mr. Ray was like a dad to me, he was the goofiest person you could ever meet. Their whole family is just wonderful.”

Susie’s friends say she recently declared an Environmental Science major. On her breaks from school, she worked at Change Inc. which provides services to people with developmental disabilities.

In a statement to 47 ABC, Teresa O’Brien, manager of vocational services for CHANGE, says “Susannah was always smiling; it was very infectious. She was a natural working with individuals with development disabilities and did so with dignity and kindness.”

In her hometown of Manchester, her friends say she was known as a state championship track star.

To them – contagiously happy.

“She was just one of those people that everybody couldn’t help but to love because she was so kind-hearted and she would always be there for you,” says Rebecca Toms, a close friend of Susie.

“She can do everything from sit up with you and have the greatest conversation of your life with you or she can just walk by you and jokingly be a jerk to you,” says Oursler. “She loves doing that and everybody loved that about her.”

The strong memories are helping the students find a way to move forward as they return to campus without Susie.

“She was perfect, that’s the only way I can describe her, she was just perfect.”

Staff at Change Inc. have set-up a Go Fund Me page to help pay for Susie’s funeral costs. They have set a goal of fundraising $10,000.

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