16-year-old LaGrange girl killed in car accident

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LAGRANGE, GA (WTVM) - The LaGrange community is mourning the loss of a 16 year old girl after she lost control of her vehicle.

Now how her friends and teachers are remembering the young girl, who lost her life just days before school ends.

Sixteen-year-old Samantha Jones spent her Saturday afternoon playing in game for LaGrange Academy's varsity soccer team. She spent time at a friend's house before heading home, but never made it.

While she was driving on Country Club Drive, near Pinetree Drive, she lost control of her car and hit a tree. She died from her injuries. Now her classmates are mourning for the girl they called "Sammie".

Mike Petite is the Girl's Varsity Soccer Coach and LaGrange Academy's Upper School Head. He told News Leader Nine, "From what I know, she was on her way home from a friend's house and lost control of the car and hit a tree."

Sammie's long time friend Ankita Kanwar recalled, "We found out she hadn't made it home so her parents left to see if she was somewhere on the road and they found her."

"My parents woke me up. They were sitting on my bed at 2:30 and told me one of my best friends was dead," said Sammie's best friend Will Blackstock.

Counselors and other teachers were available to help the children during their time of grieving. Kanwar said, "She'll be remembered as having the biggest personality. She was an amazing soccer player, an amazing classmate and a great friend."

Her soccer team has banded together to support each other and reminisce on all the times they spent with Sammie. Her teammate, Teresa Bayo, said, "When she would go onto the soccer field she knew how to lead the team. She knew how to get us all pumped up. We are all here for each other because that's what she would want us to be, strong for the team."

Kanwar added, "We're going through it together, everyone's being really supportive. It's bringing us closer together."

Coach Petite, who also had Sammie Jones as a student, said, "She is just as driven in the classroom as she is on the soccer field. And personally she was someone that everybody knew, everybody liked, everybody gravitated towards. We'll do all we can to honor her and remember her and make the best of it. We love her very much."

"She was a great person and everything about her was great," added her friend Blackstock.

Sammie's soccer coach tells us the family said that instead of flowers and cards, they want to collect money to support the school's soccer team.

We haven't been informed of any funeral arrangements at this time, but once those are available we will update this story.

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