HILLIARD, Fla. -- A teen is dead after the Florida Highway Patrol says she crashed a four-wheeler Saturday night.
On Monday, many students didn't show up to Hilliard Middle-Senior High School, where Erica Smith, 14, was a student. School officials tell Action News grief counselors were here for those who did.
"I was just thinking, oh my God, I can't believe that happened," said classmate Kiley Valentine.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Smith was riding behind Chas Harrison, 13, on private property off Woods Lane in Callahan when he started slowing down. She rear-ended him, causing her ATV to flip several times. She died from her injuries.
"I really didn't want to believe it," friend Matthew Scussell told Action News.
On Monday at Hilliard Middle-Senior High School, many students donned red shirts in her memory. Friends like Scussell wrote goodbyes on their hands, a day-long reminder of a teen taken too soon.
"She was outgoing. She loved outdoors and everything and she was just happy and go to it," said Scussell.
Students tell Action News riding ATVs is commonplace in Hilliard. Parents say there isn't much else for them to do. But many teens say they'll think twice now.
"I just try to remember to keep safe and not do too much dangerous stuff," said Scussell.
"Wear a helmet," Valentine added.
FHP says Harrison had only minor injuries. Neither teen was wearing a helmet.
We checked with the funeral home. They tell us at this point no arrangements have been made.