It happened around 5:30 p.m. on Saturday about five miles south of Nashville, near the intersection of Baker Road.
The Highway Patrol says weather could have been a factor in the crash. Thick snow fell across the Triangle on Saturday.
Troopers say Hathaway was driving her SUV when she lost control, went off the road, hit a ditch and then a tree. After the impact, her Isuzu Trooper flipped trapping everyone inside.
Investigators said Hathaway was not wearing her seatbelt at the time of the accident, and was ejected from the car.
Friends of the victim tell ABC11 that Caroline Brown, 16, and Amber Hunter, 15, were the other two passengers in the car.
"I rode around with her in that car a couple nights - had some good times with her just thinking about her all night and wanted to come back and let her know that we care and were thinking about her and everything," Friend Anthony Whitley said.
It is not known yet what caused the wreck. The Highway Patrol is investigating the crash.
Hathaway was a junior at Southern Nash High School.