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Serious crash claims life of Skyview HS teen

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VANCOUVER, WA (KPTV) -

The Skyview High School community is mourning the loss of one of their own.

A serious crash on Monday night killed Kaitlin Miller, 17, and injured four others.

Clark County officials said the accident happened at NE 199th Street and NE 29th Avenue, after a car with two teens in it ran a stop sign.

Miller was going to be a senior next year at Skyview High School in Vancouver.

"She was always a positive person. There was never anything negative about her. She made everybody feel so good, and she always had a nice big smile," said Genevieve Lo, a teammate and friend.

Miller's friends are coping with the loss of someone who meant so much to them.

Some of her volleyball teammates say Miller made a big impact on the people around her.

"Definitely miss her attitude. If you ask anyone; they're all going to say good things about her. Nobody is going to say anything bad about Kaitlin because she was such a good person," said Maria Sloniker, a junior and volleyball teammate.

Miller's friends say she was always there to help others, and she was always there with a smile.

"She was such a happy person. I'm so shocked right now, and I can't believe she's actually gone," said Georgia Romina-Black, a sophomore who was on the volleyball team with Miller.

On July 1, Miller was riding in her friend, Grace Chandler's car, when officials say they ran a stop sign at northeast 199th street and 29th avenue.

Their car was hit in the passenger side by an SUV.

Miller died but Chandler and three others in the SUV were taken to the hospital.

"I was devastated, and I can't believe she's gone. She was always there for me, and now I can't be there for her," added Romina-Black.

At the crash site is a small memorial in honor of someone who had a big personality.

"She was an amazing girl. She was really strong and confident, and she had lots of loving people around her. She was one to love, and be loved at school," added Lo.

The other people hurt in the crash are expected to be OK.

Investigators aren't sure why Chandler failed to stop at the intersection, but they say alcohol and speed were not factors in the crash.

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