18-Year-Old High School Track Star Who Broke School Relay Record Killed in Car Crash

"During this incredibly difficult time, we ask that you hold tight to the loving memories you have of her," Martin County High School wrote on Facebook

<p>gofundme</p> Kenna Wilson


Kenna Wilson

Kenna Wilson, a recent graduate in Florida who was a star athlete on her high school track team, died after a car crash in the early hours of Friday, June 7.

According to TCPalm, citing the Florida Highway Patrol, the 18-year-old was driving her 2008 Honda Accord on the southbound lanes of I-95 with a 17-year-old male companion when a 2015 Lexus sedan, driven by a 23-year-old man, struck the back of their vehicle.

Wilson had just left Cleveland Clinic Tradition Hospital after trying to visit a friend who was in the emergency room, her stepmother told TCPalm.

The impact caused both vehicles to hit trees and the passengers to be taken to local hospitals. Wilson was pronounced dead at 3:27 a.m. — nearly two hours after the crash was reported at 1:43 a.m., per TCPalm.

<p>Getty</p> Stock image of a police patrol car


Stock image of a police patrol car

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The condition of Wilson's passenger and the Lexus driver is unknown. PEOPLE has reached out to the Florida Highway Patrol for comment.

Her alma mater, Martin County High School, shared condolences in a heartfelt Facebook post.

"During this incredibly difficult time, we ask that you hold tight to the loving memories you have of her. She will forever remain a cherished member of our Martin County High School community," the post read.

File: Getty Stock image of a track field
File: Getty Stock image of a track field

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Wilson was on a four-person person track team that set a new school relay record during the final meet of the season.

Head track team coach Chris Thompson told TCPalm that the team "basically worked together every day all season, doing workouts together, working on their relay handoff, just trying to put together that perfect race."

He remembered Wilson as "a very fiery competitor," noting that "from the moment she was around, you just can tell that she wanted to win."

A GoFundMe has been set up to raise funds for Wilson's "medical expenses, her celebration of life, and bills within her home while her family grieves their loss."

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The campaign remembered Wilson, who planned to go to Indian River State College in the fall, for "her spirit, humor" and how she "lit up every room she entered."

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