O'Donnell teen killed in Friday rollover - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

O'Donnell teen killed in Friday rollover

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Candice Ortiz (Source: Michelle Lee Barrientos/Facebook) Candice Ortiz (Source: Michelle Lee Barrientos/Facebook)

A one-car accident on Friday, Dec. 13, resulted in one injury and the death of an O'Donnell High School student. 

Police say 18-year-old Cari Rodriguez was driving one mile south of Lynn County on FM 1054 around 10 p.m. and failed to negotiate a curve causing her vehicle to strike a utility pole and rollover. 

Rodriguez was taken was taken to UMC where she was treated for injuries and then released.

Rodriguez's passenger, 16-year-old Candice Ortiz of O'Donnell, was transported to UMC where she was pronounced dead. 

18-year-old Jaime Morado, who was also a passenger in the vehicle, was transported to a Lamesa Hospital where he was treated then released on Saturday morning. 

According to the police report, Rodriguez was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident, but the report did not indicate if the passengers in the vehicle were wearing seatbelts. 

O'Donnell ISD Superintendent, Cathy Amonett, says counselors will be on campus to grieving students.

A memorial for Ortiz has been set up in one of the hallways at O'Donnell High School. 

Ortiz had also recently transferred to Lubbock Cooper High School. 

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