Updated: 09/03/2014 6:55 PM
Created: 09/03/2014 12:28 PM WHEC.com
Friends and family of a young woman killed in a head-on crash earlier this week are coming together to remember her.
Madeline Gee died Monday night on Scottsville Road in Chili. We’re told Gee’s vehicle crossed the center line and hit another vehicle.
“A ray of sunshine.” That’s how friends describe Gee. They say she was a passionate 20-year-old who was caring and always smiling. One friend says he can’t believe she’s gone.
“When reality sank in it was a shock. Complete shock,” said Tom Kakarantzas, co-owner of Scottsville Diner.
A model employee. Kakarantzas says Gee always went above and beyond. At just 20 years old, she was working two jobs, studying at Monroe Community College and had just finished an internship. At the Scottsville Diner in her hometown, she was considered family.
“Maddie was a happy girl. Smile from ear to ear, friendly, funny and just brightened the room every time she walked in. She was part of our family here at the diner,” said Kakarantzas.
Investigators say it appears Gee lost control of her car during Monday night’s heavy rain, causing her to swerve into oncoming traffic on Scottsville Road. We’re told she was on her way to work at the Erie Grill in Pittsford when the crash happened.
“She was scheduled that evening, so she was on her way to work. We got the news later on that evening about what happened. Obviously, it was a big shock to everybody here,” said Todd Plouffe, general manager of the Erie Grill.
Gee was studying Hospitality Management at Monroe Community College. Her professor says she stood out from day one.
“We did mock interviews in class, and she was just one of those where you went ‘wow’, and I think we all said that we would hire her immediately. She was just exceptional,” said Janet Zinck, associate professor for the Department of Hospitality.
“She was part of our family and part of the community. She will be deeply missed by everyone,” said Kakarantzas.
While family and friends say Gee died in the crash, there has been no official identification from the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office. They also say the crash remains under investigation.
Representatives from MCC say they will provide grief counseling for anyone who needs it.