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Bradley County Students Mourn 17-Year-Old Senior's Death

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BRADLEY COUNTY, TN (WRCB) - Students and teachers at Bradley Central High School are mourning the loss of a fellow student, 17-year-old Haley Howard who died in a car accident.

The crash happened on Dayton Pike around 4:30 Saturday morning. Police say howard was going the wrong way when she side-swiped one vehicle, then hit another head on, she was pronounced dead at the scene.

Hamilton County deputies say it could take weeks to get back crash test results. Meanwhile, her friends and loved ones are remembering the Bradley Central Senior as a sweet student, gone too soon.

"You know it's a tragedy anytime that you lose a student," said Principal Todd Shoemaker

Shoemaker tells Channel 3 grief counselors are working with Howard's friends, fellow students and teachers trying to cope

"We want to help them and do all that we can to show them support to help them get through this," said Shoemaker.

Around 4:30 am Saturday morning a time when not many drivers are on the road, deputies say Howard crossed over the turn lane in the 15000 block of Dayton Pike. Her Honda Civic side swiped a Chevrolet Blazer traveling North, then hit a Nissan car head on. A helicopter flew the driver of the Nissan to the hospital with critical injuries. Haley died at the scene. It's unclear why Haley swerved into oncoming traffic.

"She was a great student she was going to be a cosmetologist, so she was in cosmetology .She was a bright... bright young lady and will be missed," said Shoemaker. "Accidents happen everyday ..we just have to remember to be careful all the time."

Teachers say Howard was excited about graduating in May

They'll carry on, missing her sweet smile.

"we just ask the community to pray for our students and for her family, she was a sweet girl and she will be greatly missed here at Bradley Central High School," said Shoemaker.

Deputies have not if there were contributing factors...they say crash test results will take weeks to complete...and their investigation is ongoing..

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