The 16-year-old was a junior at Peachtree Ridge High School.

‘It’s just sad to see her go’: Friends mourn Peachtree Ridge student killed in crash

A 16-year-old high school student was killed Sunday afternoon when a pickup truck slammed into her SUV as she was leaving a Suwanee apartment complex.

Peachtree Ridge High School junior Samarah Masih was behind the wheel of a Nissan Pathfinder waiting to exit the Residences on McGinnis Ferry complex, according to Suwanee police.

The Nissan was stopped when it was hit just after 1 p.m. Sunday by an out-of-control Dodge pickup truck. The teen was dead at the scene, police spokesman Lt. Robert Thompson said.

The teenager was behind the wheel of a Nissan Pathfinder waiting to exit the Residences on McGinnis Ferry complex, according to Suwanee police.
Photo: Channel 2 Action News

The truck hit several other vehicles before it swerved onto a private drive and into the complex on McGinnis Ferry Road, he said. The driver of the Dodge was taken to Gwinnett Medical Center with injuries that were not considered life-threatening.

He was identified as Sean Taylor, 47, of Sugar Hill. No charges have been filed in the wreck as of Tuesday, Thompson told AJC.com.

They hope to wrap up the initial phase of the investigation by the end of the week, he said. Both Suwanee police and the Lilburn police accident unit are investigating. 

A large group gathered Monday night outside the apartment complex to remember Masih.

One of her friends, Christian Mason, told Channel 2 Action News it still doesn’t seem real that she’s gone.

“Every class we had together she wouldn’t make me stop laughing,” he said. “That was my partner right there. It’s just sad to see her go.”

Peachtree Ridge Principal Jadd Jarusinski sent a letter home to parents Monday informing them of Masih’s death.

“The loss of such a young, promising life is sure to raise many emotions and our students may need support during this time,” the letter said.

Four patients were assessed at the scene, according to an official with Gwinnett County fire, which also responded to the wreck. The conditions of the others involved are unknown.

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