The town of Dawsonville, Georgia is in mourning this week after a high school student lost her life driving down what many in her community call a "dangerous strip" of highway.
Grace Elizabeth Sheer, an 18-year-old senior at Dawson County High School, was driving her 2002 Honda CRV on Highway 53 just one mile away from her school on Monday morning when she lost control of her vehicle and veered into the opposite lane. Sheer's car was struck by a truck and was sent down an embankment, Fox News reports. Both Sheer and the driver of the other vehicle, 42-year-old Edwin Thomas Kincannon Jr., were wearing seatbelts at the time of the accident, but while Kincannon was unharmed, Sheer later died from injuries she sustained during the crash.
Sheer, an honor student, had been named homecoming queen of her high school earlier this school year, and was also a member of the girls' soccer team. Her friends and family have set up a GoFundMe campaign in her honor to help cover funeral costs, and her untimely death has prompted many Dawson County residents to call for change.
"It's a recipe for disaster. We have to slow down in this curve. This is the most dangerous strip in Dawson County on Highway 53," Dell Conner told WSB-TV.
In a Facebook post, the Dawson County Sheriff's Department asked residents to keep Sheer's loved ones "in our thoughts and prayers."