By Alex Oliveira
An 18-year-old university student was killed when a tire broke loose from a passing truck and crashed through her windshield on a Kentucky interstate early Sunday.
Lauren Collins was driving south on Interstate 75 near the Ohio border just after midnight when the tire detached from a truck on the northbound side of the highway, the Boone County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.
The runaway tire bounced over the concrete median, then collided with the windshield of Collins’ 2012 Buick LaCrosse.
Emergency responders from the Walton Fire Department arrived and “extricated” her from the wreck of her car, police said.
Collins was transported “with life-threatening injuries” to the nearby University of Cincinnati Medical Center, where she later died.
Police said Collins was the only occupant of the car.
The truck and its driver have still not been identified, according to police.
They suspect it was a dual pickup truck with four tires along the rear axle.
Collins, a University of Kentucky student, was from Independence, Kentucky.
She was remembered as a “free spirit” and a “jokester” with impeccable style who loved to dance.
“I am blessed to of [sic] known you Lauren Collins and most grateful to have our families come together,” her cousin wrote on Facebook.
“I will treasure our times together and mostly our private ones. Fly high you beautiful soul, heaven is definitely gaining a precious angel today.”