CARROLL COUNTY, Ga. — Two teens are dead after a Saturday night crash involving a Georgia State Patrol squad car in Carrollton, Georgia.
Kylie Lindsey, 17, and 16-year old Isabella Chinchilla were sitting in the back seat of a Nissan with two teenage boys in the front. They collided with the trooper on Highway 27.
GSP says the car turned in front of the trooper at Holly Springs Road.
Lindsey was not wearing a seat belt and was thrown out of the car.
"It's really hard. And she was a really sweet, beautiful, very intelligent girl,” said friend Chase Leonhardi.
Friends placed a cross near the intersection with the name "Izzy" and a photo of Chinchilla and shared hugs near a growing memorial for both girls.
Monday was an emotional day for students at the girls’ high school.
"It's going to be really down, depressed, sad. Everyone knew Kylie, everyone loved Kylie. It's going to be really hard for everybody. It's definitely a really big loss,” said Leonhardi.
Counselors and staff were there to help students at South Paulding High School deal with the loss and their grief.
Many of Kylie and Isabella’s friends met before school for a prayer service.
“It’s going to help, but it’s not. It’s not ever going to be the same in our school anymore,” Adrien Flournoy said.
Pieces of the wreckage are still scattered on the side of the road.
Investigators say preliminary findings show the car failed to yield to the patrol car. It is not yet clear how fast the trooper was going, but he was not responding to a call and did not have his lights or siren on.
Channel 2’s Steve Gehlbach talked to drivers who live and work near the intersection. They said it is not safe and they have seen at least a half-dozen accidents there.
There is a sign before the crest of the hill warning drivers to slow down to 45 mph, but drivers said it doesn’t help. They said they would rather have a traffic light to prevent any more accidents.
The trooper involved, Anthony Scott, is out of the hospital.
The two boys who survived were identified as Dillon Wall, 18 and Ben Finken, 17.
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