Christina Wenke was scheduled to cross the stage and receive her diploma next month at Roswell High School’s graduation.
Early Sunday, Wenke, 18, was killed in a collision with another teenage driver.
“She worked harder than anyone I know and she definitely does not deserve this,” Wenke’s sister, Tricia, told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “Words can’t do her any justice really.”
Roswell police spokeswoman Officer Lisa Holland said Wenke was killed at about 12:25 a.m. Sunday in a wreck at the intersection of Pine Grove Road and Knoll Terrace. Holland said the preliminary investigation, based solely on physical evidence at the scene, suggested that Wenke was driving a 2012 Honda Accord southbound on Knoll Terrace when she turned left onto Pine Grove Road.
She was struck on the driver’s side door by a 1995 Nissan pickup truck that was westbound on Pine Grove. The Honda then went down an embankment and collided with a tree, Holland said.
Wenke was dead at the scene. The driver of the truck, 17-year-old Ernesto Resendez-Gomez, was taken to North Fulton Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
The crash remained under investigation.
In an email to parents Monday, Roswell High principal Jerome Huff said counselors, social workers and school psychologists were available at the school for “any students who might need extra support.”
“During the time Christina attended our school, she has endeared herself to staff and students,” Huff wrote in the email. “She is survived by both her parents and two siblings.”
Tricia Wenke said her sister was heading to the University of North Georgia in the fall, and that she “wanted to end up in veterinary school.”
“She had the biggest personality, she was always so happy and witty,” Tricia Wenke said.
Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Northside Chapel, located at 12050 Crabapple Road in Roswell. The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at St. Jude the Apostle Catholic Church, located at 7171 Glenridge Drive in Atlanta.
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