Jody and Andy Fritz, educators in the South Sound area, were among the 12 people killed in Tuesday’s bus crash in Mexico. She was an assistant principal at Sand Hill Elementary and he was an instructor at Clover Park Technical College.
A husband and wife who were longtime educators in Washington state were among the 12 people killed in a bus crash in southeastern Mexico on Tuesday.
Jody Fritz and Andy Fritz, both 51, were traveling by bus from a cruise ship to Mayan ruins. The Associated Press reports that the bus driver lost control on a narrow highway, causing the bus to flip and strike a tree.
In total, eight Americans, two Swedes, a Canadian and a Mexican tour guide died as a result of the crash.
The couple’s employers said a family member notified them that the two had died while vacationing in Mexico.
Most Read Local Stories
- Heavy rains, rising river waters bring more flooding to saturated northwest Washington communities
- Discipline delayed: Washington state struggles to stop sexual misconduct in health care, leaving patients vulnerable
- 3 progressive candidates just changed politics in SeaTac — here's how
- 'Unimaginable': Mount Vernon dairy farmers reeling from flood devastation
- Frustrated passengers leave stalled light-rail train near UW and walk through tunnel
Andy Fritz was an environmental science instructor at Clover Park Technical College, and well known in the South Sound running community. His blog, found at mummydust.blogspot.com, details all of his races since 1995.
Tawny Dotson, Clover Park Technical College’s vice president for strategic development, said Andy Fritz was committed to the environment and to helping his students learn how best to work in the field and to be prepared to become environmental stewards.
In September, Jody Fritz had begun her first school year as assistant principal at Sand Hill Elementary near Belfair, Mason County. Dana Rosenbach, superintendent of the North Mason School District, said that despite her short time with the district, Jody Fritz was already well liked and considered a valuable part of the team.
“She was just a down-to-earth person who was committed to the education of children,” Rosenbach said.
Jody Fritz grew up in Mason County, graduating from Shelton High School, according to a September article in the Kitsap Sun. She met her husband in Massachusetts, and the couple moved with their two sons to Olympia in 1998. Jody Fritz previously worked for Yelm Community Schools.
The Fritzes had recently bought their dream home on Hood Canal and moved there to be closer to her mother, Rosenbach said.
Andy and Jody Fritz were among 31 passengers on the Mexican tour bus that crashed Tuesday. The bus was heading to to the ruins at Chacchoben, about 110 miles south of Tulum, when it crashed on the Mahahual-Cafetal Highway in the southern part of Quintana Roo, according to the Washington Post.
Quintana Roo state prosecutors said Wednesday that a preliminary manslaughter investigation indicated the driver lost control of the bus and when he tried to get back on the narrow highway, the bus flipped, struck a tree and landed in vegetation along the roadside.