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Makenzee George
Makenzee George

A Winters Mill High School student was being mourned in the Carroll community a day after dying in a car crash.

Makenzee George, 17, died after a crash that occurred at about 2:40 p.m. Tuesday, when the 2008 Chevy Cobalt she was driving crossed the double yellow line on the 1000 block of Sullivan Road. A 2014 Freightliner truck, traveling south on Sullivan, then struck the Cobalt, and both vehicles came to rest in the grass off the shoulder of the southbound side of Sullivan Road.

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George, who was a senior at Winters Mill and also a student at the Carroll County Career and Technology Center, was transported to Carroll Hospital and pronounced dead, while the driver of the truck was uninjured.

A teenage girl is dead after an accident involving a commercial truck and a passenger car in Westminster on Tuesday afternoon.

Winters Mill Principal Eric King said George was a sweetheart and was kind to everyone. She had an impact on the school, King said.

"It's been shocking and sad the last 24 hours," he said.

George was an active member of the softball program, King said. She played for three years in the Winters Mill softball program — two years on junior varsity and one on varsity, Felicia Knill, a softball coach at the school, said via email.

George's smile and laugh were infectious, and she knew exactly how to brighten someone's day, Knill said.

"Being able to coach an amazing young woman like Makenzee is a gift. We created quite a bond," Knill said. "Our team and coaches will miss her."

George spent two years in the Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps, King said. As a student at the Career and Technology Center, she studied in the Academy of Health Professions, something that was "her passion," King said.

She was someone who wanted to help and take care of people, he added.

"[Makenzee] will be terribly missed," he said.

Krystalyn Tullis, a teacher at Winters Mill, said George had a fun personality. Tullis had George as a student last year in food and financial literacy classes, she said, with one class at the beginning of the day and one at the end.

"She would always have a smile on her face," Tullis said.

Makenzee George is shown playing softball for Winters Mill High School.
Makenzee George is shown playing softball for Winters Mill High School.

George cared about people and was always sweet, she said. Wednesday was a tough day for the school, Tullis said, calling it "pretty somber."

George was the type of person teachers really enjoyed having in class and was a model student, she added.

"She was a really good student. She really worked hard and did her best," Tullis said. "She will be so missed."

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Career and Tech Center Principal William Eckles said George was a good student. She was friendly and outgoing, was well-liked, and made good connections with those around her, he added.

It'd been a tough day for teachers and students alike, he said, though they brought in extra staff to deal with the tragedy.

Judy Klinger, supervisor of school counseling for Carroll County Public Schools, said they sent a total of six extra staffers, three each, to both Winters Mill, and the Career and Tech Center to help them through the grieving process, providing support and counseling.

"This is such a tragic event," Klinger said.

Eckles said George did well in her clinical rotations and was on her way to a "promising career" in the medical field.

"She really was a tremendous student asset to the program," he added. "It's a big loss for us."

The Winters Mill student was the "most vibrant young lady," said Lynn Earp, George's adviser for the past four years.

George knew exactly what she wanted to do and where she wanted to go, Earp said. She was "one of the most together kids" she's seen in all of her years advising students, she added.

"It's just unbelievable," Earp said. "She was a brilliant child."

The crash is being investigated by the Carroll County Sheriff's Office's Collision Reconstruction Unit.

emily.chappell@carrollcountytimes.com

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