A 17-year-old Creekview High School senior was killed early Friday morning after being ejected from her truck on Highway 20 east of Canton, police said.
Cheyenne Gabrielle Heard of Canton died at about 3:30 a.m. after she ran off the road and hit a culvert, a Georgia State Patrol spokesperson said Friday.
The GPS spokesperson said Heard, the only person in the 2000 Chevrolet Silverado when the accident occurred, was not wearing a seatbelt.
“She was fatally injured and transported to Northside Hospital-Cherokee,” the spokesperson said.
The funeral service for the teen is Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Ingram Funeral Home Chapel in Cumming.
Heard worked with special needs children, participated in student government and was a member of the Georgia High School Rodeo Team, according to information from the funeral home.
In a letter sent to Creekview High School parents Friday, the principal, Dr. Adrian Thomason, wrote that Creekview “experienced a great loss.”
“Cheyenne was an energetic student who was known as a friend to all. She came to class in a good mood with a smile on her face,” Thomason wrote.
“Cheyenne was always willing to help out her classmates and loved riding horses and barrel racing. Friends remember her as a wonderful, kindhearted soul who brought life into every room she entered. She will always hold a special place in the hearts and minds of this senior class.”
In the letter sent to Creekview parents, the principal said counselors would be working closely with students over the next few days, and offered some tips on how parents could talk to their children throughout the situation.
“On behalf of Creekview High School staff, we extend our sincerest commitment to continue providing an environment of academic and personal growth for (students),” Thomason wrote. “We will stick together and help each other to get through this very sad and difficult time.”
Heard chose to do her senior project to benefit children with cancer, and her effort spilled into her personal life, according to her obituary.
She was involved with the Hightower Baptist Church Vacation Bible Study group, the obituary said, and Heard had a tremendous heart and touched everyone she came in contact with.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home today from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. until the funeral service at 2 p.m. Interment will follow at Hightower Baptist Church.
The service will be officiated by the Revs. Gerral Richards and Rudy Tribble. Ingram Funeral Home is at 210 Ingram Avenue in Cumming.
Heard is survived by her mother, Nichelle Stewart, and father, Jason Heard, brothers Justin and Jeb Stewart and sister Shelby Pritchett.