Coroner IDs teen girl killed in prom night crash

Coroner IDs teen girl killed in prom night crash
Monroe High School students were injured in a car accident Friday on their way to prom, school officials said. (WXIX)

MONROE, OH (FOX19) - The Hamilton County Coroner's Office has identified the Monroe High School student who died following a crash on prom night.

Kaylie Jackson, 17, was a backseat passenger in a Tesla that crashed in the 8200 block of Millikin Road Friday.

Jackson passed away Monday, according to Dr. Phil Cagwin, superintendent of Monroe Local Schools.

Three other teens were in the vehicle, authorities said.

"We ask that you continue to keep the families impacted by this tragic accident in your thoughts and prayers. We will continue to do all we can to support our students through this difficult time," Dr. Cagwin said Monday.

The police report shows that Kaylie was not wearing a seat belt at the time and was ejected from the car after the impact.

Butler County Traffic Unit detectives were back on the scene Monday looking for any evidence on what may have caused the crash.

Senior Mitchell Foster was trapped in the car and had to be extricated by emergency crews, according to his sister, Courtnie Foster.

"He does say that you know, they were running late and he knew she was speeding. That's all he said," Foster said.

The Butler County Sheriff's Office said drugs and alcohol did not play a role in the crash, but they'll have to investigate further to determine if excessive speed did.

"Each car has it's own individual 'black box.' There has to be a search warrant done obviously to get into the contents of that car to find out the factors on the speed and those kind of things take time," Sgt. Melissa Gerhardt said.

Mitchell's family said Jackson was one of her brother's best friends.

"We are so very heartbroken. They were really, really close friends," Foster said.

Carolyn Ramsey said she was Kaylie's soccer coach and was always making everyone laugh.

"Kaylie was so much fun, you know, on the soccer field, off the soccer field she was always making you laugh, you know, she would paint her face up before soccer games and she was just so much fun to be around and she's definitely going to be missed," she said.

"She was never the one to be complaining. Never the one to be a sore loser," teammate Hanna Ramsey said. "She had the biggest heart out of anyone I know. She didn't have a bad bone in her. She really didn't."

Grief counselors were at Monroe High School Monday morning as students returned to class after the serious crash.

The three other students were taken by ambulances to West Chester Hospital and have since been released.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

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