Teen killed in crash 'a good kid'
By MOLLY MOORHEAD
PORT RICHEY -- Kathryn Alice Paff wanted to be a pilot in the Navy.
The Ridgewood High School 10th-grader was in her school's ROTC program and participated in every skills competition she could, her mother said.
But Paff, 16, died on Saturday morning when the 2001 Kia she was driving skidded off the road at Osceola Drive near Sunbeam Drive and slammed into a parked car, said the Florida Highway Patrol. Her car then crashed through a chain link fence and came to rest in a grassy lot. Paff, who was wearing a seat belt, died at the scene.
Paff's parents, Larry and Shelly, said at least 50 of Paff's friends have dropped by the house since hearing the news.
"The kids have all been told that the house is always open to them," Shelly Paff said on Sunday.
She said her daughter was well-rounded and ambitious. Paff had recently been named to Who's Who Among American High School Students, which requires nomination by a teacher, and was a member of the Rainbow Girls, a youth organization sponsored by Masonic Lodges. She was being courted by Jacksonville University.
"She was just a good kid, doing what kids do," Shelly Paff said.
Two teens who were riding with Paff, Rosemarie Schiff and Amanda Bard, both 14, were taken by helicopter after the accident to Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg. Their conditions were not available on Sunday.
Shelly Paff said she wanted her daughter to be remembered for her kindness.
"I think the best thing to say was she didn't dislike anybody," she said.
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