A Shelby County High School senior who was killed in a wreck Tuesday will be missed Friday evening as her classmates graduate.
Principal Michael Rowe said there will be a moment of silence for Samantha Mathus-Cooper during the ceremony. Mathus-Cooper's sister-in-law, Denise Mathus, is expected to accept the teenager's diploma.
Mathus-Cooper, 18, was sitting in the front passenger seat of a vehicle that crashed about 9:10 p.m. Tuesday near the intersection of Burks Branch and Fox Run roads in Shelbyville. She died at the scene, said Jeff Ivers, Shelby County's chief deputy coroner.
The driver lost control of the vehicle, the Shelby County sheriff's office said. The vehicle crashed through a plank fence and into a field, where it overturned several times.
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Authorities did not identify other occupants of the vehicle, but Mathus-Cooper's brother, Steven Mathus, identified the driver as a friend of his sister named Jeana. The other passengers, Steven Mathus said, were his brother, Matthew Mathus, 24, and his nephew, Michael Rice, 20. All three were injured and taken to a hospital and later released.
Investigators say it appears the car was traveling faster than the speed limit.
Mathus-Cooper married Ian Cooper, a soldier stationed at Fort Campbell, two months ago, her brother said. They began dating while they were students at Shelby County High.
In addition to her husband and brothers, Mathus-Cooper is survived by her parents, Thomas and Sheryl Raisor Mathus; another brother; and two sisters.
Sholar Funeral Home in Pleasureville is handling arrangements.