Senior Skip Day has long been a tradition for Georgia high school students. It is a day near the end of the school year when high school seniors traditionally do not attend school en masse and instead do other things. Most of the time, Senior Skip Day passes without much notice by others. Unfortunately for one Stockbridge school, the day ended in tragedy. The AJC reports.
17-year-old Christina Pavon-Baker was driving a Mini Cooper with her friend, 18-year-old Makayla Penn when they were involved in a single-vehicle accident.
The accident occurred at about 11:40 a.m. on I-75 north at the exit ramp to Jonesboro Road. The two were headed to the mall to shop for the upcoming spring break.
Police determined that Barker was speeding and failed to negotiate the curve of the exit ramp successfully. The car went airborne. The car overturned several times and then went on to hit a tree. The force of the impact was so great that the tree was uprooted.
Penn was killed in the accident and had to be cut from the badly damaged vehicle. Pavon-Baker was seriously injured in the accident. She was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital.
Penn and Pavon-Baker were both seniors at Community Christian School in Stockbridge. It was reported that both students had been recently accepted to the University of Georgia.
A vigil for Penn took place on Tuesday at Community Bible Church.
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