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Teen dies when utility vehicle wrecks into a lake at midnight

A teenage girl and four other individuals were riding in a utility terrain vehicle in Georgia when it was involved in an accident. The vehicle apparently rolled during the crash, per the Oconee County sheriff, and wound up in a lake.

The girl was trapped inside the vehicle and submerged underwater. The lake was roughly 10 feet deep where the accident happened. A firefighter and a deputy responded to the scene, dove in, and pulled her out of the UTV. Tragically, it was too late to save her life.

She was just 16 years old when she passed away. She was from Athens, Georgia.

The crash happened right around midnight. The other four occupants survived the accident, though one of them was seriously injured. The nature of those injuries was not reported, but that person was rushed to a hospital in Athens.

It does appear that the group was on private property at the time of the accident. The investigation, which is being carried out by the Georgia State Patrol, is ongoing.

The local sheriff's department did put out a short statement in which it claimed the others in the vehicle were young, though names and exact ages were not provided. They instructed the public to direct any questions about the wreck or comments that may help the investigation to the State Patrol's SCRT team.

After a tragic accident, it is important for family members to know all of the potential legal options they have. Compensation never makes up for the loss, but it can help cover the realities of medical bills, funeral costs and other expenses.

Source: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, "Girl, 16, killed when UTV crashes into Georgia lake," Steve Burns, Feb. 17, 2018

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