Girl, 16, Killed In Crash


UPDATED: Friday July 8, 2011 11:28 AM

Friends were remembering a 16-year-old girl who was killed this week in car crash.

Lauren Wright, of Thornville, was a passenger in a car that was driving on state Route 37 when the driver lost control and veered into oncoming traffic.

The driver, Bill Kokensparger, 19, was recovering at The Ohio State University Medical Center in Columbus, 10TV's Kevin Landers reported.

SLIDESHOW:  Images Of Lauren Wright, Crash Scene

Investigators said Kokensparger, 19, and Wright, 16, were not wearing seat belts.

"It killed (Lauren)," said Makayla Barnhart, a friend.  "Look what it did to her.  She's not here anymore."

While investigators could not confirm whether a seat belt would have saved Wright's life, her friends said that taking a few seconds to buckle up can save a lifetime of grief.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol said that it did not appear that speed or alcohol contributed to the crash.

A candlelight vigil for Wright was planned for Thursday evening at Thornville Elementary School.

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