Elena was at a school party, and called her mom, telling her that she needed to come home from the school party because of Matt talking about marriage, having children, thinking that she might break up with him. Later, she is spotted walking alone on the highway. Damon was lying in the middle of the road and upon seeing her, he thought that she was Katherine. Her parents arrived, but before she left, he compelled her to forget that they even met, mainly because Damon didn't want anyone to know that he had arrived in town yet. Elena's dad was driving the car, when suddenly, he drove off the bridge. Stefan was nearby and he wanted to save Elena's dad first, but he insisted that to Stefan that he had to save Elena first. Stefan carried her to the shore and when he came back for Elena's parents, he was too late and they had drowned. This happened again caused by Rebekah and Elena died and became a vampire.