Crash in Warren Co. kills teen girl, injures 4 others - WSMV Channel 4

Crash in Warren Co. kills teen girl, injures 4 others

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McMINNVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

Students in Warren County are remembering a classmate who died in a violent crash Thursday night that also injured four others.

Ashlyn Barnes, 17, died when an SUV in which she was riding crashed through a barbed wire fence, traveled about a 1,000 feet through a field and then slammed into a tree along Vervilla Road in McMinnville around 8:40 p.m.

The cause of the crash remains a mystery, but what is painfully clear is this makes the second time this school year the students at Warren County High School have dealt with a classmate's sudden death.

School officials brought in extra counselors Friday to help students talk about the loss in a rough year that just got tougher.

In the fall, students mourned the death of senior Caitlyn Talley, also in a car crash.

A Facebook page in her memory attracted the attention - and the threats - of a man overseas who later pleaded guilty of making malicious comments that kept hundreds of students home and launched a TBI investigation.

On her Facebook page, Ashlyn Barnes, seems like any teenager. She liked Taylor Swift and MTV.

But her favorite quote, perhaps, provides better insight into the life lost.

"Laugh when you can. Apologize when you should. And let go of what you can't change. Love deeply and forgive quickly. Take chances and give your everything. Life is too short to be anything but happy. You have to take the good with the bad," she posted.

According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Ashlyn was not wearing a seat belt when the SUV crashed.

Investigators say they have not filed charges against the driver, 19-year-old Ramiro Ibarraof Morrison, TN, but toxicology tests are pending.

One survivor was airlifted to Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville. The other three were airlifted to a hospital in Chattanooga.

The other passengers injured include:

  • Geoffrey Washom, 20, of McMinnville, TN
  • Amber Bates, 17, of Morrison, TN
  • Holden Nunley, 19, of Viola, TN

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