The Georgia State Patrol says the Canton, Georgia teen lost control of her 2000 Chevy Silverado as she traveled eastbound on State Route 20 about 3:30 a.m. Friday. Heard was ejected from the vehicle as it left the road, hit a culvert and overturned.
There has been no official word on what caused Heard’s vehicle to leave the road, but speed has been ruled out as a factor. The teen was not wearing a restraint at the time of the accident.
School official will have extra counselors on hand to help students cope with the tragic loss of their classmate.
On Friday hundreds of students gathered at the school’s football field for a balloon release ceremony in honor of Heard.
Bekah Braswell told Fox 5 Atlanta,"Cheyenne was beautiful inside and out in every way. She always cared about people".