Family and friends of victim, survivors react to deadly Grady Co. wreck

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By: Noelani Mathews | WCTV Eyewitness News
February 27, 2018

Shelby Lovely

GRADY CO., Ga. (WCTV) -- A deadly Sunday crash is rocking Cairo High School, where three students are missing.

"It has really rocked this community," says Tracey Bauldree.

"I've seen so much crying and so much praying. It's just touched my heart," says Kassi Valot, a CHS student.

Valot says she's a lifelong friend of 15-year-old Shelby Lovely, who was killed in the wreck.

Both were involved in their school's ROTC program, and shared plans to join the military.

Friends and classmates at CHS are finding ways to honor her memory. This week, they say they're wearing blue for Shelby.

"They had to have counselors in there just to help us cope with what we're going through," says Valot. "I was also in there. I was taking it pretty hard."

Students are still coping with a life cut too short, and three other survivors fighting to recover.

"She's got a long road to recovery," says Bauldree. "A broken jaw, broken nose, and broken neck."

Bauldree is the aunt of 13 and 17-year-old sisters pulled from the wreck.

They're still suffering critical injuries, and adding to that pain, they're finding out bout the loss of their close friend.

"Both of my nieces found out yesterday and it was very, very difficult for them," says Bauldree. "They were both actually still in the hospital."

Two days after the crash and many have returned to State Route 111 to pick up pieces left and put out flowers.

"The community has shown a tremendous amount of support," says Bauldree, who is also trying to plan a community vigil for Shelby.

"Yesterday it was raining because everyone was devastated, but today it's sunny because we know she's in a better place," says Valot.

The community is now looking for signs, while moving through the grief.

Family and friends say Shelby's funeral is set for Thursday afternoon at Cairo Church of God.

By: Noelani Mathews | WCTV Eyewitness News
February 26, 2018

CAIRO, Ga. (WCTV) -- Monday, residents can still see where a semi ran off off the road on State Route 111 and into a tree line.

It marks where a tragic accident happened just 24 hours before, killing 15-year-old passenger, Shelby Lovely.

"It's a shock and a wake up call," says Arthur Siler, a nearby resident.

Siler has lived around the corner for more than 40 years. In that same amount of time, he was also a truck driver before retiring.

He says his heart aches for everyone involved in the wreck.

Like Siler, many residents say they either saw or heard the aftermath of the wreck Sunday evening.

They say it happened around a dangerous turn in the road, just yards away from yellow tape that was torn down and left at the scene.

"It's horrible to hear about that and I know it's horrible for the family. Whether they're young, old, or middle-aged, I don't want to hear about anyone getting killed in an accident," says Siler.

Siler, and other longtime residents, says State Route 111 has seen fatal wrecks before.

GSP says there's been several in the last couple years.

Troopers say their SCRT team is still investigating the crash.

At this time, they aren't releasing any information on possible autopsy or toxicology reports.

There's also no word on possible charges at this time.

They say Brenton Lovely, 17, Haley Grove, 13, and Iva Grove, 17, were also in the same vehicle as Lovely, and suffered injuries from the crash.

We've reached out Cairo High School multiple times to confirm if they are students, but have yet to hear back at the time.

By: WCTV Eyewitness News
Updated - February 26, 2018

CAIRO, Ga. (WCTV) -- The Georgia State Patrol has identified a 15-year-old girl who was killed in a crash in Grady County on Sunday night.

According to the Georgia State Patrol, the crash happened around 6 p.m. on State Route 111 near Crump Street.

GSP says a Jeep Grand Cherokee crossed the center line and collided with an oncoming semi-truck.

One of the passengers in the Jeep, 15-year-old Shelby Lovely, of Whigham, was killed in the collision.

The Jeep driver, 17-year-old Brenton Lovely, and two other passengers, 13-year-old Haley Groves and 17-year-old Iva Groves, were taken to the hospital for treatment of injuries.

Troopers did not report any serious injuries to the semi-truck driver.

The crash remains under investigation.

GSP did note that State Route 111 has seen several fatal wrecks in the past.

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