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Tennessee car accident kills teenage girl

A Tennessee community has lost one of its young members as a result of a tragic crash. The 16-year-old died only a month after obtaining her driver's license. As is the case in many terrible car accidents, those left behind now must learn to live with the loss of a young, exuberant life.

The girl was traveling on Highway 411 South, according to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, on her way home to pick up her pom-poms for dance practice. Meanwhile, another driver headed in the northbound direction crossed the center turn lane and hit the teen's vehicle head-on. The violent collision killed the 16-year-old instantly. The driver of the other car suffered life-threatening injuries and died the following day.

An investigation is being conducted into the official cause of the car accident. However, initial reports indicate that the driver who collided with the teenager's vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed just prior to the crash. In fact, he reportedly had passed a police officer who clocked him driving 73 mph just before the crash. He would have been traveling nearly 20 mph over the posted speed limit.

The community and family of this teenage victim have suffered a great loss that can never be replaced. As is true with victims of all such car accidents, the girl who died in this horrific crash left many who loved her and will miss her greatly. No family should have to bear the burden of such a tragedy alone, which is why Tennessee residents in similar situations may be inspired to know that help is available to them. In car accidents where one driver is negligent and causes death to another, the surviving family may be able to file a civil claim, such as wrongful death, to help them with medical or funeral expenses, as well as pain and suffering. In this case, the family may be able to file a claim against the estate of the other driver who was killed.

Source: The Daily Times, "Teen Who Died In Double Fatality Was 'spirit Leader,' Seen As Role Model At William Blount," Aug. 20, 2012

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