SWAGG--A single-vehicle crash Friday afternoon claimed the life of a Wedowee area teenager and injured two other teens.
The crash happened at approximately 4:30 p.m. on County Road 256 in the Swagg community, 3 miles north of Wedowee.
Randolph County High School junior Brittany Michelle Duffey, 17, of County Road 329, also in the Swagg area, was killed when the 2007 Ford Mustang she was riding in overturned. The vehicle's 16-year-old driver and another teen passenger were injured after being ejected from the vehicle.
The driver was airlifted to Atlanta for treatment. The other passenger was transported to a local hospital.
A Trooper public information officer said on Tuesday that a traffic homicide investigator is working on it, and because the driver is a minor, she could not release the other names.
Another source said the driver of the vehicle was Phillip Duffie of Roanoke, who has since been released from the hospital. The other passenger was Duffey's boyfried, Jason Young, who was able to return to school on Tuesday.
Randolph County High School counselor Wanda Langley said, "Brittany always had a sweet smile. She lifted people up when they were down."
Langley said Brittany had previously been a member of the band's color guard and had also attended Randolph-Roanoke Career Technology Center.
RCHS teacher Todd Dunlap said, "Brittany came to Randolph County High School during elementary school. I worked with Brittany as an elementary student and then again when she came to high school. Brittany was always a sweet, kind, well-mannered and loving student who cared about everyone. She always had a smile on her face. She will be greatly missed."
Brittany's friend, Casey Caldwell, a senior at RCHS, said, "Brittany was a true friend to anyone she met. She was the first person to step up and help anyone whether she was their friend or not. She was an energetic person who loved life and lived her life to the fullest every day. Brittany was fun to be around and always had a smile on her face, even when she didn't feel like smiling or was going through some hard times. I loved and greatly miss her, but I know that God has a plan for all of us and Brittany had fulfilled her plan and purpose during her time with us. We will continue to miss Brittany, but will remember her smile and wonderful friendship. We love you, Brittany, and will see you again someday."
Grief counseling was available for Randolph County High School students on Tuesday.