STATE LINE, Pa.—Friends of Ayron Paige Metcalf said Friday she was a loving woman whose life was just getting started when it was cut short.
The 18-year-old Greencastle-Antrim Senior High School graduate was killed Thursday morning in a three-vehicle collision on Interstate 81.
School principal Edward Rife said she was a good student and was well-liked.
“She had a very sweet spirit,” he said.
Metcalf attended the Franklin County Career and Technology Center, where she studied cosmetology for three semesters.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time,” Rife said.
Pennsylvania State Police said Metcalf was southbound on I-81 when her 2002 Chevrolet Cavalier collided with a tractor-trailer driven by Arthur Whipple, 59, of Kane, Pa. Metcalf’s car then traveled through the median and collided with a northbound 2003 Dodge Ram 1500 driven by Ryan Shannon, 26, of Schnecksville, Pa., before rolling several times, police said.
Police said Whipple was not injured in the crash and Shannon sustained minor injuries.
Metcalf’s co-workers at Holiday Hair in Chambersburg, Pa., were struggling with the loss Friday.
“It’s been a rough day for us today,” manager Michele (Hoskins) Szabo said. “She was just a very loving, generous and feisty young lady who was striving to better herself working here and taking classes.”
Szabo said Metcalf was on her way to Hagerstown Community College when the accident occurred. She took off work on Thursdays to attend class at HCC, Szabo said.
Cosmetology was Metcalf’s passion, but Szabo said Metcalf wanted to take college classes as a backup.
“She has a love of children, and she wanted to eventually maybe consider working in child care or something like that,” Szabo said.
Metcalf was employed at Holiday Hair since December.
“She had that feisty passion. We’re very much a family here. We’re so devastated because each of us just loved that girl,” Szabo said.
Metcalf’s cosmetology teachers at FCCTC remembered her Friday.
“She was just truly beginning,” said Kathy Estep, an FCCTC cosmetology teacher who taught Metcalf for three years.
“She was a really sweet young lady. She had a lot of friends. She was really easy to get along with,” Estep said. “We just want her remembered as the beautiful person that she was on the inside and out.”
Both Greencastle-Antrim High School and FCCTC had counseling available for students and faculty Friday.