Family, friends cope with tragic loss of 17-year-old killed in crash

(WMC-TV) – The family and friends of a 17-year-old from Collierville who was killed Wednesday in a car accident are trying to cope with the tragic loss.

Courtney Sheffield was killed yesterday at the intersection of Raleigh-LaGrange and Collierville-Arlington roads when she turned out in front of a dump truck.

"We never know why the Lord does what he does but we do know that Courtney was a Christian and we know that she is more alive now than she was here on earth," said family friend Brad Jobe.

Sheffield was killed instantly when the truck crashed into the driver's side of her Jeep Wrangler.

"Obviously just walking up on it, we didn't realize how bad things were," said Jobe.

17-year-old Courtney Sheffield died on impact INSTANTLY Wednesday after her yellow jeep wrangler collided with a dump truck in East Shelby County.

The accident is still under investigations but the Shelby County Sheriff's Department says Sheffield was wearing a seat belt and speed was not a factor in the crash.

"I know my teenagers are struggling with it because I had to call and give them the news too," said the family's minister Les Helton.

As senior minister at the Sheffield's church, Helton says these situations are what they prepare for.

"We're wanting people to see that life is really more than just the days we have here," said Helton.

Sheffield's classmates took to Twitter using the hashtag #FlyHighCourtney.

"Seems just like yesterday I was sitting in English class with you #flyhighcourtney! God got an amazing gift today, you!" said a friend of Courtney's on Twitter.

An Arlington firefighter sent his message through Facebook.

"Seeking prayer for the family of Courtney Sheffield, 17-year-old Collierville High School Senior, killed in a vehicle crash on Collierville-Arlington Rd yesterday afternoon.

"It just signals once again that when you get behind the wheel of a car and you're out on these roads, anything could happen at any time," said Chip Washington, Shelby County Sheriff's Department.

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