Michelle Marie Dyke had a list of plans for her future. She wanted to attend Colorado State University and become a veterinarian.
But the 17-year-old Northeast High School senior also had written plans in case she died. She wanted her friend, Joey Kirby, to tell her mother she loved her. And she wanted to be buried with the musical teddy bear she had slept with since she was an infant.
It is the second set of plans her mother, Marie Dyke, is attending to today. Michelle, her only child, died Tuesday when the car she was riding in with four friends smashed into a tree on Outing Avenue near 214th Street in Pasadena in Anne Arundel County.
Funeral arrangements are pending.
Police said Joey, a 17-year-old senior at Northeast High School, was driving a 1991 Geo Prizm south on Outing when one of the passengers in the rear seat grabbed the steering wheel. Joey lost control of the car and slammed into a tree.
Michelle, who was riding in the front passenger seat, was killed instantly. Vanessa Hill, 17, of the 1100 block of Holmespun Drive, Pasadena, was critically injured and is hospitalized at Maryland Shock Trauma Center. Michelle DeRidder, 17, of the 2400 block of 229th St., Pasadena, was admitted to North Arundel Hospital for observation. The Kirby youth, of the 200 block of Carvel Road, Pasadena, and another passenger, Robert Ecker, 17, of the 700 block of 204th St., Pasadena, were treated at North Arundel and released.
An investigation of the crash is continuing and charges may be filed, police said. They said there was no evidence of alcohol or drug use but that speed may have been a factor.
Michelle's mother said the five teen-agers were out for a short drive and she expected her daughter home by 6 p.m. She said when her daughter didn't return on time, she left to go to a nearby laundry. While there, she saw two ambulances speed by and began to worry about her daughter.
Mrs. Dyke said that as she drove back to her house in the 7700 block of Edgewood Ave. about 7 p.m., she feared something terrible had happened to her daughter. "I thought, what if she's dead? I had that feeling."
A few minutes after she arrived at home, the police came with the news.
Michelle Dyke was a member of her school's Close-up Club, an organization for students interested in government, and was a statistician for the girls' basketball and volleyball teams.
But her first loves were science and animals. Mrs. Dyke said Michelle would try to perform chemistry experiments at home and once started a small fire by accident. She said they also took in stray animals. Michelle had a golden retriever, Axl, named after heavy metal singer Axl Rose, and a three-legged turtle.
Michelle worked weekends for Ponies R Us, a Pasadena firm that supplies horses and ponies for childrens' birthday parties.
Mrs. Dyke, who works at BJ's Wholesale Club, was determined to give her daughter a college education.
She said she was surprised to learn that her daughter had drawn up a list of last requests and given it to Joey Kirby and had no idea why she would do so.
Mrs. Dyke is requesting that in lieu of flowers, donations be sent to the Humane Society. "She loved animals," Mrs. Dyke said.