A Dawson County teen and star athlete died Monday night after she fell from the hood of a moving vehicle.
Authorities said Anna Hawkins, 16, was car surfing, a dangerous practice often depicted in movies and on TV that involves standing on the hood of a moving vehicle, when the driver of the car lost control in a curve on Couch Road.
A spokeswoman with the Georgia State Patrol Post in Cumming said the 16-year-old driver, whose name had not been released as of Tuesday afternoon, was traveling at an excessive rate of speed when the crash occurred about 9:45 p.m.
“The driver was traveling at a high rate of speed and lost control,” said Robin Stone with GSP.
The state patrol’s Specialized Collision Reconstruction Team was called to the scene and will determine any charges that may be brought against the driver, according to Stone.
Dawson County School Superintendent Keith Porter called the accident “tragic.”
“This is our worst nightmare, losing one of our kids,” he said.
A rising junior at Dawson County High School, Hawkins played on the girls’ varsity soccer team her freshman and sophomore years.
Dawson County Emergency Services Chief and Assistant Coroner Lanier Swafford said she died en route to Northside Hospital-Forsyth.
The wreck marked the county’s fourth traffic fatality of 2013 and the fifth death on Dawson County roads.