JULIAN — A Scott High School teenager has died in a crash in Julian, according to the Boone County Sheriff’s Department.
The crash happened about 2 p.m., Wednesday, April 23rd, in Julian on Corridor G, officials reported. The accident took place in the northbound lanes of U.S. Route 119, near Water Ways Waterpark.
Carolyn Green, a 16-year-old girl, was driving a truck and was the only person in the vehicle, according to police.
Police said Green lost control of the truck in a curve, causing it to flip several times. She died on the scene, officials reported.
Green, a junior at Scott High School, played on the Lady Skyhawks girls’ basketball team.
Many friends, family and fellow students have expressed sympathy, condolences and prayers for Green and her family on Facebook and other social media sites.
On Coal Valley News’ Facebook page, Donna Johnson posted, “Prayers for her loved ones.” Wendy Boardman posted, “Prayers for the family. So sad.” Melinda Cook posted, “So sad praying for the family.” Kari Wagoner posted, “Prayers for the family, so sad.” Darlene Miller posted, “So sad!” and Wilma Davis Adkins posted, “Fly High Carolyn! We will love & miss you!”
On Green’s Facebook page, Kendra Raye Whitmore posted, “I can’t believe you’re gone. You were my everything, my absolute best friend. I’m gonna miss you so much. I don’t even know what to think.”
Jeremy Johnson posted, “Everyone please say a prayer for Carolyn Green’s family. I went all through school with her and she was a good friend of mine. This has impacted me hard. I can only imagine what her family is going through. Everyone please say a prayer for the Green family.”
Boone County House of Delegates Representative Joshua Nelson posted, “Carolyn, I pray you knew how much you meant to us in Boone County. We are heart broken and will miss you. God bless you in Heaven dear friend.”
Although the county school system cannot confirm a student’s name, Boone County Schools Superintendent did confirm that a Scott High School student was killed in a car crash on Wednesday, April 23rd.
“The school and the community is in mourning over this tragic event,” Hudson said. “Our hearts and prayers go out to family of this student.”
Scott High School was on spring break when the deadly crash happened and Hudson said that counselors for staff and students would be in place upon return from spring break.
At Scott High School, students and staff grieved the loss of this amazing high school athlete when they returned from spring break on Monday, April 28th.
Hudson says every resource needed to help is in place.
“I do feel like the school setting is a very good place for people to be in difficult times, because and I know, I keep saying students and staff, but we are all part of our family here, and I think that being surrounded by and supported by people that care about you is really, really important,” said Hudson.
Hudson says counselors are on campus lending their assistance, providing anything the students need to heal. Counselors will remain on campus for students needing to talk, Hudson added.
Family and friends told WSAZ television that she was known for her laugh, positive attitude and athletic abilities, but the one characteristic all of them said they’ll miss most, is her bright smile.
“She’ll never be forgotten, my family will always remember, and I mean, it’s hard but we just have to keep living and just remember her and know that she’s in a better place,” Sydney Dangott told WSAZ.
Fighting tears, Carolyn Green’s second cousin, Sydney Dangott is coping with one of the toughest losses of her life, the station reported.
“Since we were little, like every day we’d hang out together and stay with each other almost every night and I could tell her everything, she’s my best friend,” said Dangott. “It just, it didn’t feel real, I didn’t want to believe it at first, it was hard.”
Sydney isn’t alone.
Carolyn was one of the softball team’s biggest fans.
“Not having her around, it’s just an empty feeling,” said Scott High School Girl’s Softball Coach, D.A. Harless.
Scott High School leaders said they’re planning a vigil for Carolyn. They’re also preparing for students to return from spring break Monday.
“When things like this occur you have to be there to support one another and stand by the children and be there to listen,” said Scott High School Assistant Principal, Christopher Bulger.
Sydney, her friends and her family are remembering Carolyn.
“Basketball, her family, church, she just always liked to have a good time, she was always happy.”
She said now, every softball game she plays, will be for Carolyn.
School leader said they will have counselors on hand Monday morning.
There’s no word on when a vigil may happen.
Family members said the wake service is Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. Funeral services are set for 2 p.m. Saturday at Handley Funeral Home.