The mood on Treasure Island was somber Friday as Job Corps staff and students reeled from the loss of one of their own.
Job Corps member Alea Burr, 20, was killed just after 1 a.m. on Friday when the sport utility vehicle she was riding in rolled over near the intersection of California Avenue and H Avenue on Treasure Island.
Treasure Island Center Director Benjie Williams, who runs the local chapter of the federal program, said the Job Corps community is coming together to support one another after the tragedy.
“It’s a deep, deep sadness,” Williams said. “We just need to take care of the students, take care of the staff now.”
Job Corps is a U.S. Department of Labor program in which about 800 people under age 24 take part at Treasure Island. The 39-acre campus on the island provides educational opportunities, counseling and job training for young adults.
Williams said that on-site counselors were meeting with students and staff Friday to help with grief counseling. They also plan to have a memorial for Burr, to honor her life and her time with Job Corps.
Burr — who police said was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident — was ejected from the vehicle and crushed, San Francisco Police Department Sgt. Steve Mannina said. She had been sitting in the back of the car, directly behind the driver.
The 20-year-old driver, whose name was not released, and two other passengers were treated for injuries at San Francisco General Hospital and released. Mannina said the driver was charged with driving under the influence. While blood tests are still pending, Mannina said there is reason to believe alcohol was a factor in the accident.
The other passengers were an 18-year-old man and a 20-year-old woman.
It is not known where the quartet were coming from when the vehicle rolled over, but Mannina said they were on their way back to the Job Corps dormitories.
Although Williams did not want to comment on any disciplinary action that may follow the accident, Job Corps maintains a strict zero-tolerance policy toward violence and substance use.