UPDATE: Charges are pending against a driver who the Tennessee Highway Patrol says hit a car killing a woman and her two nieces in McMinn County.

It happened near Highway 11 and County Road 351 in Niota on Wednesday.

Future nurses at Tennessee College of Applied Technology in Athens are honoring one of their classmates.

18-year-old Morgan Goldman's desk is covered with pictures, a poinsettia and a candle.

"You never saw her discouraged. She was always smiling even on some of her worst days,” Alise Holt, Practical Nursing Director at Tennessee College of Applied Technology in Athens, said.

Holt said Morgan had dreams of becoming a pediatric nurse. Her classmates spent time sharing stories about her on Thursday.

They plan to keep the memorial where it is as a way to remember her.

"She was such a great person. I hope that other people can mirror her personality and her kindness to others and that's what we want to remember,” Holt said.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol said the teen was turning left onto Highway 11 from County Road 351 when she was hit on the driver's side by a Ford F-250.

Morgan's two young nieces were also in the car. None survived.

Neighbor Carla Ballard remembers seeing a sea of red lights.

"Something bad really happened. For them to shut down the whole road, it had to be really bad,” Ballard said.

Charges are pending against the other driver. Sgt. Alan Bailey said several factors go into this type of investigation.

"First is we have to determine speed of the vehicle, and we would assume if that car was passing multiple vehicles; it had to be going greater than the speed of the other vehicles,” Sgt. Bailey said.

Investigators will also look at a toxicology report, which can take 30 days.

As for Morgan's classmates, they've set out goals for themselves and plan to accomplish them because of Morgan.

"We're going to get through this as a class and we're going to honor her memory the best way we know how,” Holt said.

If you would like to help the family, a donation page has been set up.


PREVIOUS STORY: A teen and two minors were killed and a woman injured in a two-vehicle crash Wednesday in McMinn County.

The accident happened around 3:15 p.m. at the intersection of Highway 11 and County Road 351 in Niota. 

The Tennessee Highway Patrol says Morgan Goldman, 18, was driving her Hyundai Elantra pulled up the intersection and was turning left onto Highway 11 when she was hit by a Ford pick up truck driven by Raquel Brady, 30. 

According to the report Brady was heading north on Highway 11 passing multiple vehicles when Goldman pulled into the intersection.  Brady's truck hit Goldman's car in the driver's side.  Both vehicles left the roadway. 

Brady was taken to the hospital, the extent of her injuries is unknown. 

Two young juveniles in Goldman's car were also killed. 

Charges are pending in this case.