Teen killed, classmate injured in accident on senior skip day

Senior skip day at a private school in Henry County, Georgia, took a tragic turn Monday when an 18-year-old student heading to the mall was killed in a single-vehicle accident in nearby Clayton County.

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Makayla Penn of McDonough was a passenger in a Mini Cooper driven by her Community Christian School classmate, Cristina Pavon-Baker, 17, of Jonesboro, the Georgia State Patrol confirmed.

Pavon-Baker was seriously injured in the crash, which occurred about 11:40 a.m. on I-75 South at the Mt. Zion Boulevard exit, WSB-TV reported.

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The vehicle failed to navigate the turn on the exit ramp and ended up hitting a tree in a wooded area, according to WSB. The GSP said Penn had to be extricated from the damaged Mini Cooper, which was towed from the scene around 2 p.m.

The two students were out of school and had plans to shop for spring break, the news station reported. A classmate on the said both students were recently accepted by the University of Georgia.

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The Stockbridge school's principal sent a letter to parents Monday about the crash, WSB reported.

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