Cristina Pavon-Baker was indicted Wednesday, four months after prosecutors say she crashed a Mini Cooper, killing her best friend.
Photo: Channel 2 Action News
Photo: Channel 2 Action News

Teen indicted in senior skip day wreck that killed best friend 

A Clayton County grand jury indicted a 17-year-old girl from Jonesboro on vehicular manslaughter charges roughly four months after a senior skip day wreck killed her best friend, Channel 2 Action News reported. 

Cristina Pavon-Baker also faces reckless conduct charges in the March 27 crash on I-75 North at the Jonesboro Road exit that killed Makayla Penn, 18, of McDonough. 

Pavon-Baker is out on bond.

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Penn was a passenger in a Mini Cooper driven by Pavon-Baker, AJC.com previously reported. According to the Georgia State Patrol, the car was “traveling at a high rate of speed” and failed to navigate the turn on the exit ramp, went airborne, overturned several times and ended up hitting a tree, uprooting it in a wooded area. 

Pavon-Baker was seriously injured and taken to Grady Memorial Hospital. Penn had to be cut out of the badly damaged car.

Since the wreck, huge signs have been put up to warn drivers about speeding through the sharp curve, Morrow police Chief James Callaway told Channel 2. 

“You cannot miss those signs,” he said. “You can see them from McDonough.”

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