According to the North Carolina Highway Patrol, Ashley Nunnery took her grandfather's car without permission and crashed going more than 100mph on High House Road. Investigators said she ran off the road, overcorrected, and ran off the other side of the road into a ditch.
Investigators said the 9th grader wasn't wearing a seatbelt and was ejected from the vehicle. She died at the scene.
Family members said Tuesday they were still trying to understand what happened and can't believe the teen is gone.
"She'd always sing at church and Sunday was our youth Sunday and she passed Friday night. So they dedicated the service Sunday to her," said Nunnery's cousin Tyler Carroll.
Friends and classmates at Lakewood High School are also struggling with the loss.
"I couldn't believe it cause that night I was dreaming that she and I had gotten into an accident. It hit me hard cause I could believe I had dreamed it then the next morning it was real," said friend Agustin Reyes.