Friends, family mourn girl killed in crash
A Walkersville High School student was killed and two others injured when the Mazda they were in crashed into a tree in Woodsboro, Md.
Killed in the crash was 17-year-old Jacqueline Shayuth, who was identified by neighbors and through social media contacts. She was pronounced dead at the scene on Renner Road near Hill Road.
“She was just the most beautiful, smart, articulate, confident, responsible beautiful daughter any mother could ever ask for ever,” said Sheri Shayuth, Jacqueline’s mother.
Friends and family gathered Thursday night to remember the teen. Many were wearing purple or pink in her honor.
From the tailgate of a pick up, her closest friends spoke to and cried with hundreds of students at the impromptu memorial. Shayuth’s parents stayed in the family minivan.
"We are just in shock,” Jacqueline’s father Brian said.
The driver, 17-year-old Lexie Harbord, sustained minor injuries. Another teen in the car, Sawyer Smith, sustained serious injuries but is reportedly in stable condition.
Harbord was heading home so she wouldn't be late for her curfew at the time of the crash.
On a twitter account believed to belong to Harbord, the teen expresses deep sorrow for the fatal crash.
“Jacqueline please come back I miss you,” she tweets. “I am sorry. I will never forgive myself.”
Rest in peace Jacqueline Michelle Shayuth I will always love you till the day I die. I am so sorry
aching everywhere, but most of all its my heart. my heart will never repair from this and i am so sorry @Jacquelines10 you were my life
A facebook page has been set up for Shayuth.
After the crash, Harbord got out of the vehicle and was heard screaming for help, said a 75-year-old woman who lives near the crash site. The woman said Harbord said, “I just killed my friend. I just killed my friend.”
“We got along so well and she was my best friend and we fought but that's only because we're sisters,” said Jessica Shayuth, Jacqueline’s sister.
Friends described Shayuth as a girl who was going places. She was on the high school swim team.
Police say driver inexperience and operator error contributed to the crash. Alcohol, drugs and speed do not appear to be factors, authorities said.
“We're just in shock,” said Brian Shayuth. “Jacqueline loved life and loved everybody and every day and lived every day fully.”
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