DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ga. - Troopers believe heavy rain may have played a role in the crash that killed a high school senior.
Jadaya Anthony, 18, died early Friday morning on Bomar Road in Douglas County.
Little orange flags mark the path troopers say Anthony took as she lost control of her car, slid off the road and crashed into that tree.
Friends say they can't believe she's gone.
“We grew up together and she's like a sister to me,” said Malik Ogletree.
Ogletree and his friends stopped by Friday to see the place where his lifelong friend died.
“When I heard about it, I couldn't believe it. I was, like, ‘Nah. It couldn't happen,’” Ogletree said.
Georgia State Troopers say it was raining hard at 1:30 a.m. Friday when Anthony lost control of her Nissan Versa, slid off of a curvy road, hit a power pole control wire and spun into a pine tree. She died at the scene.
Neighbors heard the crash, but thought it was thunder from the storms.
Anthony went to New Manchester High School.
Ogletree had known Anthony since elementary school.
“A humongous loss. Nobody can still believe it. I can't believe it. Like, I think about it and I still don't believe she's gone,” he said.
Several of Anthony’s friends said they found out what happened through social media.
“I looked at my phone, and it was on Twitter. I saw him tweet that Jadaya died. I said, ‘Nah. It can't be her.’ So I texted him. I was like, ‘Is this is a joke?’ He's like, ‘No,’” said Aallyah Wright.
Anthony Jenkins, who worked with Anthony at Six Flags, says she was always happy and always had a smile on her face.
“She was always sweet. She was always positive,” said Kevin Jenkins. “She was always joyful. There was never nothing negative. She was always in a good spirit.”
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