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Teen Mourned After Fatal Trucking Accident Thanksgiving Weekend
Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge || Dec 2, 2010
A 17-year-old girl from Murfreesboro suffered fatal injuries in a trucking accident on Saturday, November 27. She was a junior at Riverdale High School. A family member told the Murfreesboro Daily News Journal that she was riding with her boyfriend, also 17, who was seriously injured in the truck-car accident.
According to Tennessee Highway Patrol trooper Joe Smith, the two 17-year-olds were headed north on Shelbyville Highway at around 7:15 p.m. on Saturday, when the male driver attempted to make a left-hand turn onto Stones River Road, which is in front of Christiana Elementary School.
The car pulled into the path of a tractor-trailer truck that was headed southbound, and the truck collided with the car. The THP says that the girl was wearing a seat belt before the fatal truck accident, although the boy was not.
The teen girl was taken to Middle Tennessee Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead from her injuries. The teen driver, who was seriously injured in the trucking accident as well, was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
According to the THP, charges are pending against the young man in connection to the girl's wrongful death. No charges are expected against the 43-year-old driver of the tractor-trailer truck.
The young woman, who had just turned 17 on November 4, was remembered by her sister as "a full-spirited kid who brought joy to everybody's life."
She was laid to rest yesterday at Roselawn Cemetery in Murfreesboro. Riverdale High School is providing counseling for the girl's friends and other students affected by the fatal accident.
Source: The Tennessean, "Riverdale mourns loss of junior," Mealand Ragland-Hudgins, November 30, 2010