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Georgia teen dies after crash on I-75

A Georgia teen died Wednesday morning, more than 24 hours after a car in which she was riding crashed on Interstate 75 in Lexington.

Kendra Stefanko, 18, of Dallas, Ga., was a passenger in a Pontiac Grand Am being driven by George A. Brown IV, 21. A child was in the back seat.

The car was heading south on I-75 when it went off the right side of the road near mile marker 99. The car traveled "several hundred feet" before hitting a tree on the passenger's side, becoming airborne and coming to rest on the driver's side, according to a release by Lexington police.

All three people were taken to the University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital. Injuries to Brown and the child were not considered life-threatening, the release said.

Stefanko died from a closed-head injury, according to a release from the county coroner's office. The death is being investigated as accidental.

Neither speed, road conditions, alcohol nor drugs appeared to be factors in the crash, police said. "The cause for the vehicle leaving the roadway is still under investigation," the release said.

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