MTSU Student Remembered As 'Inspirational Person'
By Chris Conte
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - A Middle Tennessee State University student hit and killed by a dump truck while crossing the street near campus on Friday was being remembered as an "inspirational person" Monday by both his faculty and peers.
David "Ritt" Chitwood, 28, was a music industry major at MTSU and had seen his share of hardships.
"I always think of the word Zen when I think of him, he was always at peace and he had a stormy life. He was the calm in his stormy life," explained close friend and academic advisor Olivia Young.
Young said that David lost his father at a young age and his mother to cancer a few years back. "Ritt" as his friends called him was wheelchair bound after being paralyzed in a car crash recently and overcame severe memory loss to re-enroll at MTSU.
"After the accident he worked so hard to regain his memory and he still regained a 3.0 average in our program which is extremely competitive," she added.
Police do not believe the driver of the dump truck will be charged but that doesn't make Ritt'sloss any easier.
"Everybody keeps saying 'I'm so sorry for your loss,' and I say 'I am too' but I'm also sorry for everybody experiencing this gigantic hole in their lives," Young said.
David's funeral will be held on Wednesday.