CANTON, Ga. -- Creekview High School senior Cheyenne Heard died early Friday morning when she drove her vehicle off the road and into a culvert in Canton.
The accident happened at 3:30 a.m., along Ga. 20. Heard was traveling eastbound when she left the road.
Georgia State Patrol said her truck, a 2000 Chevrolet Silverado overturned as Heard crashed into the culvert. The 17-year-old student was ejected. She wasn't wearing a seatbelt.
Heard was taken to Northside Cherokee Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
Barbara Jacoby of the Cherokee County School District said a letter was sent home with Creekview students, and sent electronically to parents and guardians.
In the letter, Creekview Principal Dr. Adrian Thomason said the school experienced a great loss with Heard's sudden passing.
Thomason noted Heard as an energetic student, a friend, and a helper in the classroom.