A senior at South Brunswick High School was killed in a crash as she was driving to school this morning.
Lily Beatini, 18, of Oak Island, was killed in a wreck on Highway 87 near Cougar Road in Boiling Spring Lakes at about 10 a.m. Wednesday, according to a joint news release from the Boiling Spring Lakes Police Chief Brad Shirley and Brunswick County Schools. Cougar Road leads to the entrance of South Brunswick High School.
Beatini was en route to the school when she lost control of her vehicle, over-corrected, and crossed the center line, Shirley said the preliminary investigation had revealed. She was sideswiped by a Waste Industries truck, which struck the passenger side of Beatini’s vehicle. Shirley said the two vehicles were connected when they came to rest.
The driver of the Waste Industries truck was taken to the hospital with minor injuries. Beatini was pronounced dead at the scene, Shirley said. The N.C. State Highway Patrol is assisting the Boiling Spring Lakes Police Department with the ongoing investigation.
Beatini was a cheerleader and member of the school’s lacrosse team, according to Brunswick County Schools Spokeswoman Jessica Swencki. She would have graduated on June 11.
Beatini was “really a very involved student who was loved by many people,” Swencki said. Crisis team members are on onsite at South Brunswick High School to provide support to students and staff.
Memorial plans are forthcoming and could be announced on Thursday. Swencki said the students and staff at the school have been “resilient” through the devastating news, but it may take at the high school days to return to normal.