SAN MARCOS, Calif. (KGTV) - The teenager killed in a deadly crash near Mission Hills High School over the weekend has been identified as Lauren Wolford.
On May 12, at about 11 a.m., sheriff’s officials said a car jumped a curb in the 500 block of E. Mission Road and struck Wolford, who was walking to the school. The black BMW came to rest after striking a tree and then hitting a wall.
According to witnesses, the BMW’s driver was identified as a Mission Hills High sophomore who is also a member of the baseball team. Wolford was a member of the school’s dance team who was walking back to campus after a short break from a morning rehearsal.
The driver, sheriff’s officials said, remained at the scene after the crash and spoke to deputies. He was not injured in the incident.
Friends have posted memories about Wolford on social media, calling her “an amazing, beautiful and smart person.”
Student Skylar Tison has a first-period government class with Wolford and her twin sister. She told 10News the tragedy is “affecting everyone, whether you knew her or not … It’s going to be empty this morning, and everyone is going to be able to feel that energy throughout the room.”
“I can’t imagine how her family feels; she was just about to graduate,” Tison added. “I can’t imagine her mom … right before Mother’s Day …”
Student Leslie Ortiz said she feels sorry for the teen who drove the car, knowing he will carry this with him for the rest of his life.
Friends, family and others who knew Wolford have laid flowers, lit candles and prayed at the scene since the crash occurred.
While investigators are still looking into the circumstances that led to the crash, some students say cars have been known to speed down Mission Road.
Grief counselors were made available to speak with students on Monday.