Tampa Bay college student killed in crash

A 19-year-old Florida College sophomore from California was killed in a wreck Wednesday afternoon, reports the Tampa Bay Times.

She and her 20-year-old best friend were on their way to a shop to get some hot tea. The best friend was driving and ran a red light at the intersection of Chancey Road and Country Road 54 in Zephyrhills. Her 2003 Toyota Echo was hit by a tow truck hauling a Jeep SUV.

The Toyota driver was taken to Tampa General Hospital in serious condition. The tow truck driver was not injured. The 19-year-old passenger died at the scene.

“She was very bubbly, very energetic,” said her mother in California, who was informed of her daughter’s death Wednesday night.

The mother said that her daughter was a self-assured, confident young woman who wanted to be a photojournalist.

“She was very, very much her own person,” she said.

“This is quite a blow to us,” said Ralph Walker, public relations and alumni director at Florida College. It’s a small, close-knit community of 500 students. The school has not lost a current student in such a sudden way for nearly 20 years, if not more.

Walker said that school is back in session on Tuesday and that grief counselors will be on hand for students.

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