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Eastpoint girl killed in early morning mishap

A 17-year-old Eastpoint girl was killed early Tuesday morning in a one-car collision along U.S. 98, just east of State Road 65.
In the report by Florida Highway Patrol Homicide Investigator Cpl. Karen Shipman, no name was released nor a description of the vehicle.
The family has confirmed that the driver was Emma Jae Crum, a 2021 cum laude graduate of Franklin County High School. She was employed at Penelope’s Pet Shop.
The report said the sedan was traveling east on U.S. 98 at about 5: 50 a.m. when it  traveled off the roadway to the right. Trying to steer left, the driver overcorrected, rotating the car which traveled across both lanes of the highway and on to the north grass shoulder where it struck a utility pole.
The car continued in a northeasterly direction before its front-left side collided with a standing tree, and it came to rest on the north grass shoulder, ejecting the driver.
The young woman, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was pronounced deceased at Bay Medical Center.

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