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17-Year-Old Killed, Four Hurt In Warren County Crash

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WARREN COUNTY, Tenn. – A 17-year-old girl was killed and four other people were injured after an SUV careened off a road and struck a tree head-on.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol said 19-year-old Ramiro Ibarra was driving a 1988 Chevrolet Blazer along Vervilla Road around 9:45 p.m. Thursday when it went off the left side of the highway.

It struck a barbed wire fence before traveling more than 1,000 feet and striking a tree.

A report from the THP said 17-year-old Ashlyn Barnes died in the crash. Ibarra along with passengers 20-year-old Geoffrey Washom, 17-year-old Amber Bates, and 19-year-old Holden Nunley were injured. 

In a town like McMinnville, neighbors still know their neighbors and children grow up together.

"We've got one high school and all of those students, everybody goes through that one high school," said Warren County Schools Director Bobby Cox."You usually start at kindergarten at our school, and they're part of our families."

It's a huge sense of loss for a community grieving the death of Barnes.

"I was shocked at first I really didn't believe it," said Dillon Mooneyhan, a family friend.

Mooneyhan remembers better days at this bowling alley in McMinnville. Even after he and Barnes dated, they remained friends.

"I'll always remember her as a sweet person," said Mooneyhan. "If you're having a bad day, she would always make you smile."

Memories he'll hold onto as an entire McMinnville community mourns a young life taken too soon.

"Never take for granted today or tomorrow, when it's your time to go, you're gone."

Officials said only the driver, 19-year old Ramiro Ibarra was wearing a seatbelt. According to the police report, wearing the seatbelt could have been the difference between life or death.

Toxicology tests were under way, and charges were pending.

For Warren County High School, this is the second student they've lost in a car crash this school year.

School officials said extra grief counselors are on hand at the high school and will be there through next week.

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