16-year-old Georgia boy killed in ‘tragic’ car accident

Jordan Simonds was killed in a Saturday crash in Pickens County. (Photo courtesy of knowpickens.com)
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Jordan Simonds was killed in a Saturday crash in Pickens County. (Photo courtesy of knowpickens.com)

A 16-year-old Georgia boy was killed Saturday afternoon in what authorities called a “tragic automobile accident.”

Jordan Simonds was a sophomore at Pickens High School and played on the football team, the Pickens Conty Sheriff’s Office wrote on Facebook.

"We are asking our community to keep the Simonds family in your thoughts and prayers," the Facebook post said.

Pickens County is about 60 miles north of Atlanta.

Few details were provided about the crash, but Simonds was reportedly driving on Salem Church Road when it occurred. His vehicle was the only one involved.

A passenger in the car, who was also a juvenile, was “alert and speaking with first responders on the scene,” authorities said, but had to be flown to WellStar Kennestone Hospital. Specifics on that person’s condition were not provided.

“We would also like to ask that everyone pray for the students and staff at Pickens High School as well,” the sheriff’s office wrote on Facebook. “School officials are going to have additional counselors on hand at Pickens High School on Monday to assist with any grieving students.”

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