Relatives, friends reflect on lives of young couple

Delaney Morgan Rosenberger and Thompson Sage Smith both died in a car crash on Wardensville Grade early Saturday morning. Rosenberger and Smith had been dating for about two years.

WINCHESTER — Fatal crash victims Delaney Morgan Rosenberger and Thompson Sage Smith were in love, relatives and friends said Tuesday.

“They were just two beautiful, bright souls taken,” said Clint Whitacre, husband of Jordan Whitacre, Delaney Rosenberger’s sister. “They were just awesome people.”

Rosenberger, 18, and Smith, 21, both of Frederick County, were killed when state police said Thompson Smith lost control of the 2004 Jeep sport utility vehicle he was driving on Wardensville Grade in the Mount Williams area of the county about 2:10 a.m. Saturday. Smith veered right and crashed through a fence and struck a tree by a home in the 3000 block of Wardensville Grade, about 100 yards north of the Fishel Road intersection.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

Tracy Spaid Rosenberger said she and her daughter had dinner with friends on Saturday before Delaney Rosenberger went to meet Smith. Tracy Spaid Rosenberger said the young couple were headed to the home of Smith’s mother, Rinda Michelle-Leigh Smith, about six miles away on Opossum Trail when the crash occurred.

Rinda Michelle-Leigh Smith said in a brief interview Monday that she hopes people won’t think less of her son because of the crash.

The couple had been dating about two years and were very close, the elder Rosenberger said.

“She said he was her best friend,” Tracy Spaid Rosenberger said. “They were young and so very in love.”

Delaney Rosenberger, who graduated from Millbrook High School in June, was majoring in pre-law at Pace University in New York City.

Thompson Smith, a 2014 James Wood High graduate, had done landscaping work over the summer and was currently working at a 7-Eleven store, according to Whitacre.

Whitacre said he last spoke to Thompson Smith at 7-Eleven a couple of weeks ago, and he was in a good mood, which was typical. “He was always bubbly and bouncy, just a happy guy,” he said.

Whitacre said he last spoke to Delaney Rosenberger last Wednesday about babysitting his three children. He described her as confident, smart and stylish.

“We always used to joke that we wanted to grow up like her, even though she was the youngest one around,” Whitacre said.

A memorial service for Delaney Rosenberger will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday at Giffin Funeral Home, Capon Bridge, W.Va. A gathering for friends and family from 5-7 p.m. will precede.

Thompson Smith’s funeral service will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Jones Funeral Home, Winchester. His family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

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Very Sad My prayers to the families

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