Rutland High School senior died in single car accident near I-475N /I-75N split

MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – The Bibb County Sheriff’s Office is still trying to figure out what happened to Heather Harrod,17, on Tuesday.

Harrod was driving a 2005 Toyota Solara when she lost control and crashed.

She was a student at Rutland High School who was supposed to graduate in May.

“We got a call about 4:00 yesterday of a single vehicle accident on the 75 North on ramp from Hartley Bridge Road and when officers arrived on scene, they found the driver of the vehicle had been ejected and was deceased,” said Captain Brad Wolfe with the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office.

He said even though officers found Harrod ejected, it doesn’t mean she wasn’t wearing her seat belt.

“Depends on the accident. From what I’m told this vehicle was a convertible, so she could have had her seat belt on. The fact that its a convertible can add to an ejection,” Wolfe said.

David Gowan, Director of Safety and Security for Bibb County Schools, said counselors were sent to Rutland to help classmates who’ve been affected by Harrod’s death.

“They may need help in processing that as young people, they’re not normally used to dealing with death of a peer, the way a senior citizen would,” Gowan said.

Wolfe said  investigators are still unsure how the teenager crashed because there wasn’t much evidence left at the scene to give them many clues.

“We don’t have any good roadway evidence to give us an indication of a blowout or anything like that, so there’s some sort of lost of control and we’re tryna back track and figure out what caused that loss of control.”

All signs pointing to a tragic accident that took the life of a girl, months from graduating high school.

A student officer posted a tweet saying a candlelight ceremony will be held tonight at 8:00 p.m. at Rutland High School near Harrod’s parking spot.

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