Kayla Winter Perry was soaking up her last year of high school as she sorted through college applications. She was looking forward to prom and graduation. And she couldn’t wait to finally turn 18.

But the George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology senior won’t get to celebrate the milestone birthday next month.

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Perry, 17, of Owings Mills, died on her way to school Tuesday morning after being struck and thrown by loose power lines in the aftermath of a car crash in Towson, Baltimore County Police said.

Perry was driving her Honda Accord northbound on North Charles Street just before 7:15 a.m. when she lost control and struck a curb at Bellona Avenue, police said. Her car went up onto a guardrail, sliding into a BGE pole and causing it to fall to the ground, spreading wires across the road.

Police said Perry was standing outside the car when a box truck hit the low-hanging wires, which struck the teenager and threw her onto the shoulder of the road.

Perry was transported to Greater Baltimore Medical Center where she later died, police said.

Two other cars were also struck during the incident. One driver suffered minor injuries and was transported to an area hospital.

Madison Janey said Perry was studying dance at the school and had just been accepted into Carver’s fashion show. The two met during their junior year and Janey, 17, described Perry as “driven” and “beautiful inside and out.”

“She had that ‘it’ personality,” Janey said. “You know how someone would just walk in the room and all eyes would be on them? That was Kayla.”

Janey, who lives in Randallstown, said Perry could talk to anyone and always make them laugh. And she didn’t just dance in the classroom either.

“She loved to just let loose and dance and did not care who’s watching,” Janey said. “She was definitely the life of the party.”

Baltimore County Public Schools spokesman Brandon Oland said they notified Carver parents Tuesday afternoon of Perry’s death.

“We are heartbroken over the tragic loss of one of our students, and we will do all we can to support the students and staff at George Washington Carver Center for Arts & Technology, along with all who knew Kayla, during this difficult time,” he said in an email.

Oland said counselors will be made available at school for students, families and staff to use.

Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski Jr. also expressed condolences to those close to Perry in an emailed statement.

“My heart is broken for all who loved her,” Olszewski said. “My prayers, sympathies and deepest condolences are with Kayla’s family, her friends and the entire Carver community during this immensely trying time.”