DYERSBURG, TN--The winter weather across the state is blamed for an accident that took the life of a 19-year-old sorority student at Middle Tennessee State University on Wednesday.
Taylor Stahlman, 19, died after her car veered off the road.
According to reports from the Tennessee Highway Patrol, the accident happened around 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, on Lexie Cobb Highway near County Road 826 in Dyer County, near the Missouri state line.
Troopers said Stahlman "hit a patch of slush," lost control of her Pontiac Sunfire, and then ran off the road into a 30-foot ditch. She wasn't wearing a seatbelt at the time and was ejected from her car.
According to the report, wearing a seatbelt would have made a difference in her injuries.
According to MTSU, Stahlman was in the AOPi sorority and was a Mass Communications major.
There has been an outpouring of support on Facebook from her friends and family.
One of her friends wrote, "Taylor, you're truly beautiful inside and out. You always had a smile on your face and never had anything bad to say about anyone. Rest in peace sweet girl. You will be greatly missed."
The Alpha Omicron Pi Fraternity wrote on their Facebook page, "Our deepest sympathies and prayers are with the family and friends of Taylor Stahlman, a treasured AOII sister and member of our Rho Omicron Chapter at Middle Tennessee State University. An organized draping of the badge in Taylor's honor will occur after the holiday break."