The Forsyth Central High School community is mourning the loss of a classmate who was killed Saturday morning in a single-vehicle wreck.
According to the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office, 17-year-old Marimar Alavarez died about 8:06 a.m. when she “lost control” of the 1995 Monte Carlo she was driving in a curve on Spot Road.
The vehicle left the road and struck a culvert, which caused it to flip and hit a tree, said Forsyth County Sheriff’s Investigator Ron Tomblin.
He added that excessive speed is believed to have been a factor in the crash.
According to the sheriff’s office, Alvarez was en route to her job at McDonald’s on Keith Bridge Road in north Forsyth.
A senior at Central, she was the president of the International Club, a helper with the Best Buddies Club for special children and on the A-B honor roll, according to her obituary.
Classmates gathered Monday morning for a ceremony at the school to remember Alvarez.
Members of the Forsyth County school system’s counseling staff are available for students throughout the week, district spokeswoman Jennifer Caracciolo said.
“The thoughts and prayers of our school district go out to Marimar Alvarez’s family and friends during this time of sorrow,” Caracciolo said.
Funeral services are scheduled for 5 p.m. Thursday at Good Shepherd Catholic Church. Visitation is set for 4 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Ingram's Funeral Home.
The tragedy is the second involving a fatal car crash in about a month for Forsyth Central High.
On Aug. 12, a 2009 graduate of the Cumming school was killed when he lost control of his sport utility vehicle in east Tennessee.
Evan Loggins, 21, was thrown from his Toyota 4-Runner on Interstate 40 east near Dandridge, Tenn.
He was attending Carson-Newman College in Jefferson City, Tenn., not far from where the wreck occurred.