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‘Skip Day’ Driver Says She Wishes She’d Died in Crash Instead of Friend

August 23, 2018

CLAYTON COUNTY, GA. – ( The Georgia teen involved in a crash that killed her classmate on Senior Skip Day gave a press conference recently and said she wished she had died in the accident instead of her friend. The story is reported online at*

17-year-old Ms. Pavon-Baker, of Jonesboro, and 18-year-old Makayla Penn, of McDonough, were headed to the Southlake Mall and traveling on I-75 at Jonesboro Road in Clayton County. The two teenagers were seniors at Community Christian School, where March 26 was “Senior Skip Day.” Pavon-Baker was driving at the time, traveling 106 mph in a Mini Cooper, according to prosecutors.  

At the Exit 233 ramp, Pavon-Baker lost control of the vehicle, which went airborne, overturned several times, and crashed into two trees. Pavon-Baker was injured, and Penn was killed in the collision. Both girls had to be extricated from the vehicle. Prosecutors told a Clayton County judge April 25 that they believed Pavon-Baker was using Snapchat at the time of the accident. The teen has been indicted on charges of vehicular manslaughter.

Pavon-Baker reportedly gave a recent press conference in which she said, “I honestly wish it was me [that died] instead of her.” She went on to say that not a “single second has passed where I don’t think about Makayla and her family.” She told reporters that life without her best friend had been terrible, and that she had several times wanted to call Penn then remembered what happened. 

Pavon-Baker’s attorneys are arguing that the curve where the crash occurred is inherently dangerous and should have signs posted about speed limits and crashes. The penalty for first-degree vehicular manslaughter in Georgia is three to fifteen years in prison.  

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