Two teens died in a wreck around 1:45 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, just outside the Pendergrass Flea Market in Jackson County, according to a news release from the Georgia State Patrol.
Najely Bonilla, 17, of Gainesville, and Elena Regalado, 16, of Pendergrass, were killed when the white Honda Accord that Bonilla was driving was hit on its driver’s side as she pulled out of the flea market. Regalado was the passenger.
Bonilla was a student at Johnson High School.
"The school district is heartbroken over the sudden loss of Najely Bonilla. She was a giving person, and a bright light to many," Johnson High School Principal Stan Lewis wrote in an email. “We stand ready to provide support to those struggling with this devastating loss, and our thoughts and prayers go out to the family.”
Regalado attended Jackson County Comprehensive High School.
"Panther Nation mourns the passing of one of our amazing students, Elena Regalado,” reads a statement on the school’s Facebook page. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family and loved ones at this time.”
Regalado’s funeral was held Monday afternoon.
Bonilla was making a left turn out of the flea market, crossing U.S. 129, when a black Ford F-350, driven by Cole Alexander Bruce, 18, of Jefferson, hit the Honda.
Bonilla had stopped at the stop sign, but failed to yield as she pulled into the roadway.
Bruce and passenger Sammy Lee Bruce, 44, of Jefferson, suffered minor injuries.
There are no charges pending.
This story has been updated from its original version.