Chesterfield County

Beloved Matoaca H.S. employee killed in wreck 'loved her Warrior family'

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) -- Matoaca High School is mourning the loss of a beloved employee who was killed in a car crash Monday afternoon.

Dorothy Ott, 64, died after her 2001 Honda CRV ran off Woodpecker Road and struck a tree.

Ott, of South Chesterfield County, was a longtime employee of Matoaca High School where she was an administrative assistant in the front office since 1994.

Students and staff described Ott as a cheerful person who loved her family, and her Warrior family, and always had a smile on her face.

"I'm kind of still in shock over it. I'm definitely really hurt by her loss," said junior Alyssa Brame. "She was just overall a super helpful person."

After exams Tuesday morning, Brame drove out to the scene of Monday's crash on Woodpecker Road.

"It's just kind of eerie and a little bit, it's depressing," Brame said. 

Chesterfield police say around 3:40 Monday afternoon, Ott's SUV ran off Woodpecker Road and struck a tree. She later died at the hospital. 

Ott, a 24-year administrative assistant at Matoaca, would often be the first person to greet visitors.

Every time I went into the office she was always the first to greet me, to help me," junior Alyssa Brame said. "She was very, very sweet." 

For the past decade, Ott could be seen walking the school halls during lunch for exercise.  

"The kids knew her as Mrs. Ott, the one who walks," Matoaca High School specialty center coordinator Jill Anderson said.

CTE chair Stacy Bradshaw added, "She would set aside you know being able to go into a pod into a lunchroom to sit and talk with folks."

She was also known as an avid supporter of the school's athletic programs, art and music groups. 

"One thing that Mrs. Ott would want is for us to primarily focus on finishing strong in our exams and in our classes," Brame recalled. 

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