Alabama high school senior killed when car veers off road, striking trees

Published 8:27 am Friday, April 28, 2023

An Alabama high school student was killed Wednesday in a car accident.

Helena High School senior Khalia Smith died when her car crashed on Shelby County 13 around 11:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Hoover police officers and fire medics with both Hoover and Helena responded to the scene.

Smith, 18, was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Hoover police said they determined the vehicle was attempting to negotiate a curve when it left the roadway, striking several trees.

A vigil was planned in her honor Friday morning.

“We stand with our community and our students in mourning the loss of such a beautiful young spirit,” Helena Police Department Official Facebook Page said. “When our community hurts, we hurt as well, and our prayers are with her family, friends and everyone she touched.”

Shelby County Schools has implemented a crisis intervention team to aid students, parents and school personnel who may be grieving during this time. Counselors are currently available for students who want help or assistance.

Helena Police Department advised that there will be heavier traffic than usual on Friday morning around Helena High School. The Helena Police Department will have an additional shift of officers on duty to assist with traffic.