Henry County police said the 17-year-old driver involved in a fatal one-car accident on Wednesday will likely face charges.
A passenger in the front seat who was killed was identified as 16-year-old Jasmine Poole. The two teens who survived were airlifted to Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta.
All three Dutchtown High School students in the car were ejected after hitting a ditch and flipping over in the 1400 block of Pates Creek Road in Stockbridge. Police said no one had their seat belts on.
Friends and the principal of Dutchtown High School identified Ashanti Johnson as the other passenger in the car and the driver as "DQ" Green.
"Our prayers are with them," Jada Dean said. "Daquarius, his neck his shattered. And Ashanti, she is in critical condition."
The school held a candlelight vigil to pray for Green's and Johnson's recovery as well as pray for Poole's family. Members of the choir and cheerleading squad performed for Poole's mom and dad, who attended the vigil.
"She has a way of making you smile through anything," Dean said. "She loved me with all her heart, and I loved her back."
Grief counselors were at the school on Thursday to help students cope with the tragedy.
"It was dead silent all day," said Taivon Thompson, a student. "Very solemn, very solemn and sovereign, a lot of respect out today for Jasmine."
Students said Poole was a cheerleader, very active and popular.
"The hallways were so silent," said Brelyn Gibson. "I'm a senior and I've never seen Dutchtown that quiet at all."
Police returned to the scene Thursday to reconstruct the accident. They said it appears speed and reckless driving are to blame.
"We do have some reports that people thought there was some racing going on," said Sgt. Joey Smith. "We cannot confirm that. If that is so, if the evidence leads us that way, then we'll definitely move forward with that."
Smith said investigators have not yet determined what charges the 17-year-old male driver may face.
"I will assure you it will be presented to a grand jury at some point and he most likely will face some type of charges," Smith told CBS46 News.
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