Girl dies in Friday single-car accident
by By GREG KAYLOR Banner Staff Writer
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A 13-year-old girl was killed Friday evening during a single-vehicle crash which occurred in a neighborhood off Hunt Road.

Ciara Alexis Pagan was in the rear seat of a car driven by Shawn D. Toll, 38, of a Bryan Circle address.

The crash occurred at 6:56 p.m.

Two other juveniles were also in the vehicle at the time of the crash, according to Bob Gault, media relations coordinator for the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office.

The names of the 13 and 14- year-old females were not released.

Both suffered minor injury with one of them being transported to SkyRidge Medical Center for further treatment, according to reports.

Bradley County Sheriff’s Office Cpl. Daniel Marlow was reportedly just going off duty when the call was dispatched.

Marlow responded and arrived on the scene approximately three minutes later. He began providing assistance and reports for incoming responders.

According to 911 reports, the vehicle carrying the four had struck a utility pole and active power lines were downed.

Pagan was reportedly trapped inside the car along with Toll.

Bradley County Fire Rescue officials responded to the scene along with Bradley County Emergency Medical Service paramedics.

The two other juveniles had already left the vehicle, which had overturned several times.

According to Capt. W.G. Campbell of BCSO, Toll and the youths had just left his home that is nearby.

“Typically, we don’t have serious crashes or fatalities inside subdivisions,” Campbell said.

“We are continuing to investigate and find out what caused the driver to crash,” he added.

According to Gault, initial investigative reports indicated Toll left the roadway in a righthand curve, clipped the utility pole and overturned, possibly several times before coming to rest.

Toll was taken to Erlanger Medical Center for treatment.

Power in the areas of Hunt Road and Bennett Acres was out for several hours as the initial crash investigation was conducted and utility crews worked to replace the utility pole and lines.

Pagan’s death marked the fifth traffic-related fatality in Bradley County this year.

The Governor’s Highway Safety Office has reported that Bradley County has been leading the state in traffic crash fatality reduction during the past few months.

Last year at this time, 13 people had died on Bradley County roadways.

Campaign Lifesaver, a program instituted by Sheriff Jim Ruth, has helped educate drivers to be aware of the dangers of driving. The program was initiated late last year.

“We can’t stress enough how important it is to wear safety belts, pay attention to driving habits and watch your speed,” Campbell said.

BCSO Traffic Unit is in charge of the investigation.