At age 24, Andrew Tarek Katbi was the youngest person to die in the Interstate 77 crash that took the lives of two other people.
A native of Delphos, Ohio, Katbi was a third-year law student at Duke University and was driving back from visiting his longtime girlfriend on a camping trip in West Virginia at the time of the crash, according to a website set up for his memorial fund.
Shortly after his death, some of his friends and classmates at the law school helped to set up the Andrew T. Katbi Memorial Scholarship in his honor, according to Jeff Coates, an associate dean for the law school.
The scholarship endowment, which has a $100,000 goal, will go to future Duke Law students. Coates said a plaque was placed in front of a tree at the law school in honor of Katbi.
Katbi was his high school valedictorian, according to his obituary in the Delphos Herald. Katbi's memorial website said he graduated in 2010 from Ohio Northern University before heading to law school. He was set to graduate in May and start a career in downtown Columbus, Ohio.
Duke Law School Dean David Levi sent a message to members of the Duke Law community on its website after Katbi died.
"Andrew will be remembered by his friends and classmates as someone who cared deeply about those around him," Levi said in the message. "Whether working to defend indigent clients, contributing to legal scholarship through research assistance, competing in intramural athletics, or spending time with friends, Andrew always pushed himself and those around him to a higher level."
Katbi was survived by both of his parents and a sister.
William Mark Sosebee of Prestonsburg, Ky., was taking a familiar trip on Interstate 77 on March 31 to visit one of his many cousins.
Many times he'd trekked across state and county lines to visit family scattered across Kentucky and surrounding states.
But on this trip, Sosebee was the passenger in a car that collided with a tractor-trailer, and he died at the scene. He was 33.
He was known to his friends and family as Mark. His brother, Jeff Sosebee, said he was a hard worker who thrived on his labor-intensive job working on a pipeline as a pipe fitter. But he was best known for his sense of humor, his brother said, and was constantly cracking jokes.
Mark Sosebee came from a large Kentucky family. He was the eldest brother in a family of five boys and two girls. He also had a host of aunts, uncles and cousins. Jeff Sosebee said Mark was a fun big brother, but always modest.
"He was a pretty humble guy," Sosebee said, and added that most people never really had anything bad to say about his brother. His sudden death came as a blow to the family. Six months later, they are still trying to cope.
"It's been a tough loss," he said. "It's been a tragedy for the whole family."
Sosebee was also devoted to his church. His obituary from Nelson Frazier Funeral Home said he was a member of the Brandy Keg Freewill Baptist Church in Prestonsburg.
On her way home from visiting her sister in Tazewell County on March 31, Kathern Brewster Worley had called her daughter, Zelda Vosburgh, to tell her that she was about to arrive at the North Carolina border when the phone went dead.
Vosburgh thought it was just bad reception. But 30 minutes after they lost touch, her grandson called to tell her there had been a wreck and that Worley hadn't survived. She was 71.
Worley was a passenger in a truck, driven by her boyfriend, that crashed into a tractor-trailer — the same one that another victim, Mark Sosebee, also crashed into. Her two great-grandsons, who were seated in the back, were uninjured.
Worley lived in Iron Station, N.C. She was retired from Pharr Yarns, a yarn manufacturing company, where she'd worked for more than 30 years as a winder.
Vosburgh said her mother had worked the third shift since Vosburgh was born just because she wanted to have more time to see her only child and take her to school every morning.
"I came first," she said. "My daughter or her two kids — we always came first."
Worley grew up in Newhall, W.Va., where Vosburgh said she learned good old-fashioned "home values" that always stuck with her.
Vosburgh can't recall a mean word her mother said about anyone.
"She was really a good-hearted person," she said. "She never wanted to hurt anyone."
Worley left behind Vosburgh; a granddaughter, Amanda Anderson; and two great-grandsons. She was also survived by six sisters and a brother.