Teen’s eerie TikTok post days before tragic fatal crash
A high school student and TikTok creator fatally hit by a wrong-way driver earlier this month in the US has left behind an eerie video.
Just days before her death, 18-year-old Kara Santorelli posted a video of herself seated in her car, claiming she was not a bad driver because she had never been in a car crash.
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“When they try (to) call me a bad driver, but I’ve never hit a person or an actual car,” Santorelli said.
The Florida teen was driving four days later, just after 1am, when a Chevrolet sedan driving the wrong way on the highway collided head-on with her Nissan SUV, according to local news reports.
The sedan caught fire, fatally trapping the unidentified driver inside. Santorelli was also killed in the wrecked SUV.
After the death of Santorelli, who has over 45,000 followers, her TikTok video went viral. Some netizens only saw the post — which now has 15 million views — after hearing the tragic news. “Evil algorithm,” one person wrote.
Tributes flow for Santorelli
Santorelli loved making TikTok videos with her friends, her obituary said, and enjoyed boating, laying at the beach, and playing with her dog Merlot, who had passed away just a month before her tragic death.
Lacey McLaughlin, Santorelli’s mother, announced a week after her daughter’s death that they would be bringing another Chesapeake Bay Retriever — the same breed as Merlot — into the family.
“I love you, Kara,” McLaughlin also wrote on Facebook. “God blessed me with you.”
Santorelli’s aunt Gina Southard said: “A little piece of my heart died today when I found out my niece went to heaven! I love your beautiful soul, Kara.”
“Kara was only 18 and a senior when she passed, but she had touched more lives in her 18 years than many people touch in a lifetime,” Santorelli’s great aunt Joy Radford said.
“I remember meeting Kara for the first time in 6th grade. To know her was like being around sunshine, or stepping into a breath of fresh air. She loved everybody,” her friend Kaylie Leger said.
Her workplace, Jimmy’s Grill, closed to attend Santorelli’s memorial service and said: “If you didn’t know Kara, you missed out on knowing a very special person, and it’s a void in our hearts.”
“We will always remember you and know that you can put a smile on everyone’s face even through the rough times!
Her school, Northview High School, remembered her “kind spirit” in a statement released as the new term commenced.
“Today, with sad hearts, we welcome back our students after spring break. We are deeply sorry for the tragic loss of our senior Kara Santorelli,” it said.
“We hold tight to beautiful memories that she had left with us. Her beautiful smile and kind spirit will continue to be in the hearts of her friends and classmates.”
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