Helena Montana Car Accident Yesterday: The Shelby County Coroner confirmed the tragic death of 18-year-old Khalia Smith, a senior at Helena High School, in a car crash near the County Road 52 intersection. Khalia was pronounced dead at the scene. The Hoover Police Department investigated the accident as the community mourned the loss of a young life. The crash occurred on Shelby County 13 around 11:30 pm when Khalia’s car struck several trees while attempting to negotiate a curve. No other vehicles were involved in the fatal accident.
Shelby County Schools District Responds
In the wake of Khalia Smith’s passing, the Shelby County Schools district released a statement expressing their condolences to her family and the Helena High School community. The district acknowledged the profound impact of the loss and announced the establishment of a Crisis Intervention Team to support students, parents, and faculty during this difficult time.
Community Mourns the Loss of Khalia Smith
A memorial and prayer service was held at the school’s football stadium on Friday at 7 am. Harry Turner, father of Khalia’s fellow student Jaynie “Princess Shoestring” Turner, shared that the senior class was tightly knit, with many students having grown up together since kindergarten. Turner revealed that his daughter and Khalia had plans to attend Jacksonville State University together in the fall. In light of the tragic loss, Turner expressed that his daughter would now attend the university for both the Turner and Smith families. The community, including friends and classmates, took to Twitter to pay tribute to the young teenager.
North Carolina State University Faces Its Own Tragedy
Helena High School is not the only institution grappling with the loss of students. Two North Carolina State University students were found to have died from apparent suicides within 24 hours. Chancellor Randy Woodson released a statement on the university website, sharing in the grief and acknowledging the immense hurt felt by the families and friends of the students lost. NC State has experienced the deaths of 14 students this year, with seven of them being by suicide.
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