Loudoun County

Virginia High School's Assistant Principal Killed in Head-On Crash

The assistant principal of a Loudoun County high school was killed Monday in a head-on crash.

Jonathan Kite, 37, the assistant principal at Briar Woods High School, was driving a 2020 Kia Telluride west on Route 211 in Page County before 5 p.m. when he left the road, crossed the medianm, and struck an eastbound 2005 Chevy Impala and an eastbound 1999 GMC Envoy. 

Kite and the driver of the Chevy, 65-year-old Donald Pope, died at the scene. Both were wearing seat belts.

The 27-year-old woman driving the GMC was not injured.

The crash is under investigation.

Kite was an assistant principal at Briar Woods for just two years but had a large impact at the school. He was known for his hard work, selflessness, ability to have fun and crazy socks.

“To say it’s a shock is a huge understatement,” Briar Woods Principal Chris O’Rourke said. “Jonathan, his impact on students is going to be felt far and wide.”

“It’s going to be probably two or three people needed to replace just the sheer impact of the work that he would provide for students,” he added.

Kite will be remembered for the special way he connected with students, whether it was the clothes he wore or the snacks he kept in his office.

“He’s so extraordinary and just brought love, which is really the only thing that matters,” said Lucia Curry, a secretary and cheerleading coach at Briar Woods. “And everybody felt that from him.”

The school plans to honor Kite’s legacy when students return from summer break.

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