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Counselors prepare to assist students

Parents of Wesley Chapel High students are informed that counselors will help those who request assistance.

Crisis counselors will be on hand at Wesley Chapel High School this morning to help students deal with the death of a sophomore in a car accident Friday evening, school officials said Sunday.

Andrew Frelick, the principal at Wesley Chapel High, said in a letter to parents that counselors would be provided "as long as they are needed."

Amy Michelle Eifel, 15, died Friday when a car she was riding in crashed into another on State Road 54 near Bruce B. Downs Boulevard. She died in the arms of another Wesley Chapel student, Matt Arnold. Arnold, 17, was skateboarding with friends at the Hollybrook Plaza at about 5:50 p.m. when he heard the crash.

He looked in time to see a blue Dodge Avenger _ driven by Gloria N. Bryan, 16 _ spin wildly into a dusty lot and smash, back end first, into a construction trailer. He sprinted to the scene.

"I just did what I would do for anyone," the Wesley Chapel High School student said minutes after the wreck. "I wanted to help. I wanted to do what I could. You don't even think about it."

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Bryan's Avenger was heading west on State Road 54 and made a left turn into the path of Stephen T. Reese's Toyota.

Bryan and Reese were flown to Tampa hospitals. Both were listed in stable condition.

Frelick, in his letter to parents, warned that emotions could be high.

"Please be aware that your child may experience strong feelings in response to this tragedy, including sorrow and depression as well as anger and fear," he wrote. "Your child may have a special need at this time for your comfort and support."

A friend of Eifel's, 15-year-old Kristen Colby, said she was saddened by the crash.

"She was sweet," she said. "She was so sweet."

_ Staff writer Matthew Waite can be reached in west Pasco at 869-6247 or (800) 333-7505, ext. 6247. His e-mail address is Times staff writer Alisa Ulferts contributed to this report.