A stunned community is mourning the death of 17-year-old Natalie Insley, who was killed in an accident in Sharptown Monday night.
The teen was in a car with three others, traveling south on Sharptown Road at about 10 p.m. when the car, traveling at a high rate of speed, went out of control and struck a tree, Maryland State Police said.
Sharptown residents who rushed to the scene said a Maryland state trooper administered aid and kept the teen’s airway open until she could be taken to Peninsula Regional Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead.
Her grandfather, who had surgery, was reportedly a patient at the hospital at the time.
The driver, a 17-year-old male, and two male passengers in the back seat, a 16-year-old from Salisbury and 14-year-old from Hebron, were all taken to PRMC and treated for injuries, police said.
On her Facebook page, Insley, a pretty blond with long hair and endearing smile, posted a picture of a sunset over a pier and of laughing with friends and wrote the people she loves most are her “Mommy and Daddy” and “Mom-Mom and Pop-Pop.”
A Dallas Cowboys football fan, she also listed Justin Timberlake and Earl Dribbles Jr. as favorite music, Buddy the Elf and The Blind Side as movies and The Hunger Games and Catching Fire as beloved books.
By Tuesday afternoon, family members were posting condolences, including an aunt who said her heart was breaking for the family, and that she knows Insley was their world.
“Just seeing your posts over the years I could feel the love you have for your daughter,” a friend wrote.
“I pray for strength and comfort,” said another.
Lt. R. Bricker of the Maryland State Police Salisbury barrack told the Salisbury Independent witnesses will be interviewed.
Police were at the hospital on Tuesday, he said. A citation could be issued to the driver, but no charges will be made until an investigation is complete, Bricker said.
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