17-Year-Old Girl Tragically Dies in Accident in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida
SANTA ROSA BEACH — According to an online news report at nwfdailynews.com, a crash that occurred over the past weekend claimed the life of a popular 17-year-old girl as she was driving home from her job at a local Starbucks.*
The girl was known by everyone as a “good soul who was doing her best in life,” according to a coworker who was with the girl moments before she died.
As the girl, a resident of Panama City, was heading home from her job at Starbucks in the Silver Sands Outlets when she was hit by a female driver, aged 23, who was operating her vehicle on in the opposite lane of the roadway. Both drivers were declared dead at the scene of the crash.
“It started storming shortly before we left the building, and I knew she had a long drive home,” said a 16-year-old Fort Walton Beach girl on Facebook. “I just wanted her to be safe. I don’t remember exactly what we were talking about, but I just remember telling her to be careful.”
The accident remains under investigation at this time. There are no further details on the accident at this time.
“[The high school faculty] and staff are mourning the loss of [the 17-year-old girl] from a tragic car accident last night,” per a spokesperson for the local school district. Grief counselors were sent to the school earlier this week to aid struggling faculty and students.
The 17-year-old was known as a good soul who was very involved, serving as an editor for the school’s yearbook. She was also a member of the Diamond Girls and soccer team.
A post on the school’s Facebook page said that Long was a very involved student, serving as yearbook editor and a member of the soccer team and Diamond Girls.
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