(Newnan, GA) — The Georgia State Patrol has released further information this afternoon about the overnight accident in Coweta County that claimed the life of a Heard County teenager.
16-year-old Austin Walker Pope, a Heard High School junior, was killed instantly in the single-vehicle crash that occurred around 3:00 a.m. on Smokey Road near Country Lane. Three other Coweta County teenagers were also involved in the wreck.
According to a report by Trooper Ross Buchan, a 1998 Toyota 4-Runner occupied by the four teenagers traveled off and back on the roadway several times before overturning several times on the road.
The driver of the vehicle, 17-year-old Joseph (Joey) Brian Shelnutt, is currently in serious condition at Atlanta Medical Center.
Shelnutt and Pope (who was in the front passenger seat), were both ejected from the vehicle and neither was wearing a seat belt.
The two other backseat passengers, Braxton Kexavier Tucker, 17, of Grantville, and Andrew Daryl Mask, 17, of Newnan were not seriously injured.
According to Trooper Buchan, the accident is considered to be alcohol related and the investigation is ongoing.
A candlelight vigil is being organized by a group of Heard High students at Prospect Church tonight in honor of their fallen classmate beginning at 6:00 p.m.
Prospect Church is located at 4131 Hwy 34 just west of Franklin.
Several extra counselors are expected to be on hand Monday at Heard High School to assist grief stricken students and friends.