AMELIA COUNTY, Va. -- A teenage driver was killed Sunday night when her car ran off Route 616, near Route 632, in Amelia. Police identified the driver as D’ajah K. Braxton-Hicks, 17, of Amelia. Braxton-Hicks was pronounced dead at the scene of the 11:40 p.m. crash.
"A 1996 Geo Prism was traveling west on Route 616 when it ran off the left side of the road and struck the ditch. The car then overturned," Virginia State Police spokeswoman Corinne Geller said. "[The driver] was not wearing a seat belt."
"Couldn't have found a better teenager to be around," said Lonnie Jackson, a family friend. "She was a very nice girl, every time I seen her she had a smile on her face."
Jackson stopped by the crash site on Monday, and she wasn't the only one there -- or the only one in disbelief.
"She was very well mannered, quiet, I guess quiet around me, in the basketball setting, but school wise, she was very popular, a lot of friends and I just know these kids are just devastated by what has happened," said Robin Gray, teacher and coach.
The cause of the crash remained under investigation Monday morning. Anyone with additional information about D’ajah Braxton-Hicks or the accident can send an email here.