MAPLE VALLEY, Wash. – Friends say Shelby Lee had a wide variety of interests.
She was a deeply religious and a youth church leader. She was a wrestler. She was also planning on going into cosmetology.
But on Tuesday night, her life ended far too early.
The 17-year-old died after, police say, a car she was riding in lost control, flipped and hit a tree.
It happened around 10:15pm in the 22600 block of Sweeney Road Southeast near Maple Valley. Police say the 18-year-old driver was likely going too fast in his 1991 Ford Escort before he lost control. Lee was one of three passengers in the car. The driver and two other passengers, a 17-year-old boy and 16-year-old girl, suffered non-life threatening injuries.
Police do not believe alcohol or drugs played a role in the crash.
Dozens of friends and fellow church members built a small memorial near the crash scene on Wednesday night, lit candles and shared memories.
“You never know when your time is over and to really make it count, the days you have on this Earth,” said friend Rachel O’Brien.
A Facebook memorial page has already been set up to honor Shelby. Over 1,400 have signed up for it.