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Emily Lauer, 18-Year-Old From Paw Paw, Michigan, Killed In Crash Trying To Jump Bridge With Car

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MICHIGAN CAR CRASH
Eighteen-year-old Emily Lauer was killed and her two passengers were injured after she attempted to make her car go airborne over a small bridge on an unpaved road in Paw Paw, Mich., Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013. Courtesy Van Buren Sheriff's Office | Van Buren Sheriff's Office
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An 18-year-old woman is dead after a tragic car accident in a small town in western Michigan that also left her two passengers injured.

According to authorities, Emily Lauer was driving fast on a dirt road in Paw Paw Sunday evening. She was attempting to make her car go airborne over a small bridge when she lost control of the vehicle.

The 2000 Pontiac Grand Am went off the road and hit a tree, then continued to roll over multiple times, hitting more trees before landing upside down. Authorities had to use the Jaws of Life to extricate Lauer, who was trapped in the car and pronounced dead at the scene. The back seat passenger, an 18-year-old man, had serious head and facial injuries and was taken to a hospital for treatment. The 16-year-old girl in the front seat received minor scrapes and bruising.

According to a report from the Van Buren County Sheriff's Office, seat belts were worn and alcohol did not appear to be a factor in the crash.

Lauer was an honor roll student who graduated from Paw Paw High School earlier this year. She had started her first year at Western Michigan University, according to MLive.

On Twitter, friends and acquaintances expressed sorrow and prayers for Lauer's family.

Some also took the opportunity as a reminder to drive safely.

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