On September 20, 2023, Caitlyn Laughlin, a resident of Columbus, Ohio, regrettably passed away. She was killed after being engaged in an automobile accident and suffering severe injuries. Caitlyn spent her entire life loving the people around her since she considered herself a person.
Cause of Death and Funeral
The Athens Highway Patrol Post received word of the collision on September 20, 2023, at around 5:02 PM. At 5:13 PM, troopers responded and arrived on the site. During the inquiry, it was found that a 2016 Audi Q5 driven by Grove City, Ohio resident Caitlyn Laughlin was moving eastward on U.S. 33. On U.S. 33.
John Ashley was driving a 2022 Freightliner Cascadia towing a 2016 Wabash Trailer out of Winchester, Tennessee. The Audi lost control and veered into the grass median on the left side of the eastbound lanes. The Freightliner was struck directly by the Audi as it entered the westbound lanes of traffic.
At the time of the collision, belts were worn by both parties. Hocking County Coroner’s Office declared Caitlyn Laughlin dead at the scene. John Ashley created a GoFundMe page to raise funds for Caitlyn’s funeral and wrote in his GoFundMe statement that: “there were no wounds. And the funeral will take place in Schoedinger Grove. The estimated cost of the funeral is $8,000.
Any surplus funds will be passed on to Liam, her son.” Anyone who wants to send funds can directly donate to help the family in this tough time
Who was she?
Caitlyn Laughlin, originally from Kansas City, Kansas, now resides in Columbus, Ohio. She attended Columbus State Community College and enjoys living a solitary and self-reliant lifestyle.
Caitlyn’s ability to cherish every person she met was not just a trait but a testament to her character. She had an innate gift of making everyone feel valued, seen, and heard. Her laughter was infectious, her compassion boundless, and her presence a source of comfort to many.
As the news of her passing spreads, the Columbus community has a palpable void. Friends, family, and even acquaintances are coming together, sharing stories, memories, and moments that encapsulate the essence of Caitlyn’s beautiful soul.
While the circumstances of her departure are heart-wrenching, Caitlyn’s legacy is one of love, unity, and the profound impact one individual can have on the lives of many. As the city mourns, it also celebrates the life of a woman who taught everyone the true meaning of cherishing human connections.
Caitlyn Laughlin will be deeply missed, but her spirit will forever live on in the countless hearts she touched during her time with us.
Caitlyn’s sister Stefanie Laughlin-Lucas expressed her feeling: “I do feel I can ever thank everyone enough for all the kind words, stories, memories, prayers, love, and donations you have sent for Caitlyn Laughlin. My sister was my best friend, and I am unsure how to navigate this life without her. Please continue to wrap your arms and prayers around Liam. She loved her boy more than anything on this earth. He will have the best guardian angel looking after him. I love you all.”
Mackenzie McCormack posted on social media: “My heart is broken. I can’t even process that you’re gone. I still don’t believe it. It greatly impacted my life; you were one of my closest friends. You had a huge heart and the sweetest soul. Your smile would light up a room just walking in. You will always be in my heart. I love you, and I miss you so much.”