Central High student killed in Macon accident

Telegraph staffJanuary 10, 2013 

A 17-year-old Macon high school student was killed early Thursday morning in a two-vehicle accident at Tucker and Forsyth roads.

Nashandra Finney, of Springdale Court, was pronounced dead at The Medical Center of Central Georgia shortly after the accident, which happened about 7 a.m., Bibb County Coroner Leon Jones said.

Witnesses on the scene said the Central High School student was with her father in a white sedan traveling south on Forsyth Road toward downtown Macon when an SUV turned left at Tucker Road.

Central High junior SaVaughn Gray, 17, was in the school band with Finney. Gray said Finney “kept to herself most of the time,” but she loved playing the baritone horn, a brass instrument.

“When she was in the band room, she lit up,” he said.

On Wednesday, both Gray and Finney went to auditions that MTV held at the school for the show MADE. The show follows teens who set a goal, such as playing a sport or becoming class president, as well as their personal transformations as they try to achieve those goals.

Finney had been nervous, and Gray and other students tried to keep her calm during the auditions, Gray said.

Another classmate, junior Akia Stinson, 16, said she had known Finney since the two were in day care.

Finney was quiet and never really got in trouble, Stinson said.

Thursday morning, Central principal Efrem Yarber announced the news about Finney over the school intercom, followed by a moment of silence, Stinson said. Grief counseling is also available to students and employees through the end of the week, school system spokeswoman Stephanie Hartley said.

“You could hear a pin drop in class,” Stinson said. “It showed how much everybody cared.”

Finney’s father was undergoing surgery for his injuries, Jones said, but no information was immediately available about the driver of the SUV.

The Georgia State Patrol is handling the accident investigation.

To contact writer Liz Fabian, call 744-4303. To call writer Andrea Castillo, call 744-4331.

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