UPDATE | Family, friends gather Thursday night to mark anniversary of Harlem teen's death

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Thursday, January 10, 2019

COLUMBIA COUNTY, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- Thursday marks one year since a Harlem teen was killed in a car accident on Old Louisville Road. Those who care about her are gathering to celebrate her life.

17-year-old Shaylin Foster was killed on January 10, 2018, when her car ran off the road before re-entering the roadway and hitting another car.

Shaylin went to Grovetown High School, where a vigil was held to remember her.

Thursday night at 6:30, Shaylin's family will meet at Quest Church at . 5001 Gateway Boulevard, in Grovetown. They will be sharing memories and celebrating her life.

Those who attend are asked to bring a pair or two of "crazy socks" to donate.

Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2017
(News 12 NBC 26 News At 11)

11:45 p.m.
COLUMBIA COUNTY, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- Friends, family and a Columbia County campus community are remembering a Grovetown High School senior, whose life was cut short by a car crash.

Columbia County officials say 17-year-old Shaylin Foster was on her way to school Wednesday morning when she got into a car crash, which ended up taking her life. Friends say her death has shocked several communities, but are hoping to stay strong in support of her family while honoring her life.

On the side of Springcreek Road, in the misting rain, friends and family stop to remember their time spent with Shaylin Foster. Friends like Grace Wallace, who's known Foster since their days in elementary school, says she had to leave her Wednesday morning class after she got the news.

"As soon as I found out what happened I just started bawling in class. I was in class, and I just started tearing up," Wallace says. "She lived right down the road from me, and I would always drive by her house on the golf cart, and she would always come out with a big smile on her face and say, 'Hey Grace!' And I'd always say, 'Hey Shaylin!'"

Folks close to Foster set up a memorial alongside the highway in her memory not long after the crash took her life. Wallace described her friend as a person who's radiance would light up any room, that Shaylin's love for her friends and strong devotion to her faith made her stand out.

"She was one of the sweetest people you'll meet in your life," Wallace says. "She was so godly, you could see it just by the way she presented herself to people. She was so friendly and kind, and she was someone that you could just count on for anything, and she was so talented, and she was so beautiful inside and out."

Her loss, she says, is not an easy one to take. They were just five months away from graduation at Grovetown High School, but her mother says Shaylin had already been accepted to Georgia Tech to study engineering.

"I know God does these things for a reason, but that reason is unexplainable," Wallace says. "But I know it's a better way, and I know that she is safe and okay and his hands."

But Wallace knows there is comfort in faith. It's one thing she says she'll always remember thanks to the many years being around Shaylin Foster.

"I just know that she is going to be the most beautiful and shiny angel that there will be," Wallace says. "She was almost like an angel on earth, the way she walked around in the way that she made people feel better and she was always helping. I just know that she's looking down on all of us and smiling because that's the best thing she had was that smile."

The family and other friends say she loved soccer and drawing and will miss her contagious smile.

Foster's family held a service at their church Wednesday evening to say their goodbyes to Foster and celebrate her life. Stay with News 12 NBC 26 as this story develops.

Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018
(News 12 at 6 O’clock/NBC 26 News at 7)

COLUMBIA COUNTY, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) – Seven in the morning on the winding curve of Old Louisville Road in Columbia County. Senior Grovetown high student Shaylin Foster was on her way to school. A trip she'd never finish.

Paul Autry saw the aftermath; he said, “I mean the one little silver car I couldn't even tell what kind of car it was.”

The silver car was Fosters 2007 Honda Civic.

The preliminary investigation shows Foster veered off Old Louisville Road, overcorrected and her Civic began to spin.

That’s when investigators say a blue mustang coming straight toward her collided with her Civic killing Shaylin Foster.

“My mind went blank. I just started crying.”

“I started thinking about the mother and father. I started praying asking God for a comforter.”

As investigators cleared the accident, tearful students and family friends came out leaving a memorial behind for the 17-year-old soccer player.

“I called my pastor and asked if he could spare a moment to comfort these folks because it's a tough time.”

Assistant Superintendent Penny Jackson says this is something they hoped their students would never go through.

“A senior, four years, so very much involved in the school. It affects a lot of people and it will for a long time.”

Friends say the teen was always smiling.

It's a face they expected to see in class this morning, a face they won't soon forget.

Assistant Superintendent Jackson says they gathered the students in the media center today with grief counselors and psychologist.

For parents of any students who knew Shaylin, these resources will be available again tomorrow (Jan. 11).

If your kid is too shy to ask for help, Ms. Jackson says feel free to call their teacher or the district.

Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018

10:55 a.m.
GROVETOWN, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- Columbia County School Superintendent Dr. Sandra Carraway says psychologists and counselors have been sent to Grovetown High School to help students and staff cope with the loss of 17-year-old Shaylin Foster who died in a crash Wednesday morning.

"We will provide as much support as possible through this tragic time," said Dr. Carraway.

According to investigators, Foster left the road and overcorrected. Her 2007 Honda Civic rotated counterclockwise, and reentered the roadway hitting a 2016 Ford Mustang driven by Corey Prevou, 28, of Grovetown.

Coroner Vernon Collins said Foster was pronounced dead at the scene.

10:00 a.m.
GROVETOWN, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- A Grovetown High School student has died after an early morning crash on Old Louisville Road at Spring Creek Road.

According to investigators, Shaylin Foster, 17, of Harlem left the road and overcorrected. Her 2007 Honda Civic rotated counterclockwise, and reentered the roadway hitting a 2016 Ford Mustang driven by Corey Prevou, 28, of Grovetown.

Coroner Vernon Collins said Foster was pronounced dead at the scene. The cause of death is blunt force trauma, and at this point, it doesn't look like Foster will be sent for an autopsy.

Next of kin has been notified. This is a developing story.

7:52 a.m.
COLUMBIA COUNTY, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- Columbia County deputies and the coroner's office are at the scene of a fatal accident on Old Louisville Road and Spring Creek Road.

Dispatch says the scene is still active.

Deputies say Old Louisville Road is shut down at the scene of the accident. They are asking drivers to use an alternate route.

We have a crew headed to the scene to get more information.