Lanie Margaret Bizzell, 16, killed, after her car left the North Carolina Highway 96 roadway near Selma, crashed into an embankment and overturned in a stream.
A 16-year-old girl died on her way to church Sunday morning after her car overturned in a stream about a mile from her Selma home, the North Carolina State Highway Patrol said.
Lanie Margaret Bizzell, was traveling north on N.C. Highway 96 near Dunn Road around 8 a.m. when she went off the road, hit an embankment, flipped and landed upside down submerged in the water, authorities said.
Troopers said Sunday evening that the wreck is still under investigation but that initial findings found that speed was not a factor and that there was no evidence of braking.
Friends have created a group memorial on Facebook for Bizzell, who was a junior at Johnston County Middle College High School at Johnson Community College.
Friends posted that Bizzell was known for her hugs and always made people feel special and welcome.
"Lanie lived every day loving the Lord and living out His plan for her," one person posted. "She is with Him and watching over each and every one of us now. We have a beautiful guardian angel now."