A Jefferson Forest High School sophomore died after she was thrown from a car that left the road and overturned Monday night, police said.
The wreck happened shortly before 11 p.m. on U.S. 221 in Bedford County, near the Lynchburg city line.
The 1992 Honda Accord, driven by a 17-year-old from Forest, was headed north, toward Lynchburg, when the driver ran off the right side of the road, Virginia State Police Sgt. Bob Carpentieri said Tuesday.
The car went into a hole, struck a sign and overturned, he said.
Passenger Bronwyn Mae Farris, 15, of Forest, was thrown from the vehicle as it overturned, Carpentieri said. She was not wearing a seat belt.
Farris was taken to the University of Virginia Medical Center. Doctors pronounced her dead soon after her arrival, Carpentieri said.
The driver was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, he said.
Counselors at Jefferson Forest High School are preparing to help students mourn the loss of Farris when they return to school, said Ryan Edwards, Bedford County Public Schools spokesman.
“That’s our primary concern — to help those students through the grieving process,” he said. “We’re trying to open our lines of communication to them. We’re making sure we have those things available.”
Edwards said he is unaware if any memorials or vigils are planned to honor Farris.
Carpentieri said the investigation into the crash continues.