A Gainesville girl set to begin third grade this month at Tadmore Elementary School was killed last week in a Montgomery County, Alabama wreck, according to authorities.
Daniela Gomez, 8, was killed in a single-vehicle wreck July 31 when the 2009 Nissan Murano she was in “left the road and struck a tree,” according to the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency.
Tadmore Elementary School Principal Robin Gower called Daniela a “wonderful young lady” who interacted with everybody in the building on a daily basis.
“She was one of the most energetic and loving children I think that we’ve probably ever had in this building,” Gower said.
Alabama authorities said it happened on U.S. 231 near the 99 mile marker and the intersection of Chapel Gray Loop.
Authorities said Daniela was not using a seatbelt. The driver and two other passengers were transported to Baptist Medical Center South with injuries.
She is survived by her parents and her sister.
Second-grade teacher Leslie Powell said Daniela would walk down the hall every day with her sister and give a hug before the two separated for their respective classrooms.
Always sporting a bow or headband, Daniela told Powell she wanted to be a teacher.
The family will receive friends at Memorial Park Funeral Home on Thursday, Aug. 9, from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m.