TROUSDALE COUNTY, Tenn (WTVF) — A community is mourning after two teens were tragically killed in a car crash on February 12. The preliminary THP report says Adrianne Torres, 20, was driving her 2003 Cadillac CTS along Old Lafayette Road in Trousdale County. Investigators say Torres pulled into the path of a tractor trailer driving down State Highway 10. The truck slammed into the car flipping it on its top. We're told Torres, who was wearing a seat belt, is still hospitalized in the ICU.
According to investigators, Ayjean Miles, 19, and Lennasha Dowell-Harper,18, were not wearing seatbelts. Troopers say seatbelts would have made a difference and Lennasha's grandfather agrees.
"I just want to stress to everyone that seatbelts save lives and I wish that we all would take the time no matter how far we're going to a store, put that seatbelt on," said Michael Hollingsworth.
Lennasha Dowell-Harper was a recent graduate of Lebanon High School. Hollingsworth said she loved dance, cracking jokes and working. The reality of the teen's death is hard for her family to handle.
"Our family, we’re struggling right now," Hollingsworth said. "I’m trying to make it through it and we’re going to get through it. The hardest part was getting her burial done but we’re going to try to get the family back together, be strong again, " he said.
Hollingsworth says even though Lennasha is gone, her memory will live on. "We’re just going to celebrate Nasha’s life because her memory will always live with us forever."
The driver of the tractor trailer was not injured, citations and criminal charges are pending.