A 16-year-old Pond Creek girl was killed about 11:30 p.m. Saturday when her car went off the roadway and rolled southeast of Pond Creek in Grant County.

Simone Schuermann was taken by Life EMS to St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center with head injuries and was pronounced dead on arrival.

Schuer-mann was described as a happy-go-lucky girl who always had time for others. Pond Creek-Hunter school counselor Lori Unruh has known Schuermann since she was in kindergarten.

“I knew her very well. She was the type who was loving and caring. She always had time to listen to others and help them with their problems,” Unruh said.

Schuermann was a good student who was involved in the school vocal program and loved to sing.

Counseling will be available at the school starting today, said Superintendent Joel Quinn.

“It will be available tomorrow morning and during school and available as long as we need it,” he said Sunday.

Some students already had been to the school and talked to Unruh Sunday afternoon. Quinn has been at a school where a student died previously and said every school is different with its grief process. Unruh said other types of counseling services will be available today.

“I dealt with it at other schools, both as a minister and as a teacher. Our counselors have grief-counseling training. You hope it never happens, but we prepare for it as best we can,” Quinn said.

A passenger in the vehicle, Jacqueline Navarette, 20, of Enid was taken to St. Mary’s by Pond Creek EMS for arm and leg injuries, where she was treated and released. A second passenger, Sara Southerland, 14, was taken to Integris Bass Baptist Health Center by Pond Creek EMS. She was treated for minor abrasions and released.

Oklahoma Highway Patrol reports said Schuermann, an inexperienced driver, was traveling at a high rate of speed, left the west side of the road for an unknown reason and overcorrected, causing the vehicle to roll 2.5 times before coming to rest on its top.

The accident was investigated by OHP Trooper Lawrance Kimble of the Garfield County Detachment. He was assisted by OHP troopers Jech and Patterson, Pond Creek Police Department, Grant County Sheriff’s Depart-ment, Pond Creek Fire Depart-ment, Pond Creek EMS and Life EMS.

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