Sweetwater High School student dies in Loudon County crash

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SWEETWATER, Tenn. (WATE) — A 16-year-old Sweetwater High School student died in a car accident in Loudon County earlier this week.

According to SHS co-athletic director Jeremy Henderson, Emily Corona, 16, was a student athlete who played on the soccer team and would have been a junior.

The Loudon County Sheriff’s Office confirmed there was a fatal crash on Sunnyside Road in Philadelphia, Tenn. in which a 16-year-old was killed. Tennessee Highway Patrol worked the crash.

According to THP’s initial crash report, the crash occurred around 1:25 a.m. Thursday morning. Two people in a 2005 Land Rover were traveling north on Sunnyside Road, when the vehicle went off the road while negotiating a curve; then overcorrected trying to return to the road, then overturned before coming to a rest on the road.

The 16-year-old passenger, later identified as Corona, was ejected. She was not wearing a seat belt.

There were no initial indications of drugs or alcohol, according to the initial crash report.

The 18-year-old driver of the vehicle was injured in the incident, and the THP report states there are possible pending charges; but, the investigation is ongoing.

There will be a drive-thru donation fundraiser on Tuesday, July 14 from 6-8 p.m. in front of the high school, with 100% of the donations going directly to her family. There is also a GoFundMe titled “Remembering Emily Corona.”

Emily Corona. (Photo courtesy of Sweetwater Athletics)


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