TikToker killed in car crash days after boasting online about never getting in an accident
After boasting on TikTok that she had never been in an accident, a high school senior was killed just days later when a car rammed into her vehicle.
Kara Santorelli (18 years old) was driving down Highway 29, in Escambia County in Florida, when a Chevrolet sedan came too fast and crashed into her Nissan SUV. According to the Florida Highway Patrol,
Santorelli died in the wreck which occurred on March 17. The other driver, who has yet to be identified, also died after being trapped in their own vehicle.
After the crash, Santorelli’s TikTok video of the accident, which was uploaded six days prior, went viral with over 15 million views.
The video shows the teen bragging about her safety record while she is seated in her car with the caption: “When people try to call me bad driver but I have never hit anyone or an actual vehicle.”
Gina Southard, Santorelli’s aunt, said her family was heartbroken following the accident, writing on Facebook: “A little piece of my heart died today when I found out my niece went to heaven. I love your beautiful soul Kara!”
Lacey McLaughlin, Santorelli’s mother, wrote in a series of posts: “I love you, Kara. God blessed me with you.”
Officials at Northview High School, where Santorelli was poised to graduate, also mourned the teen’s death.
“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,” the school said in a statement.
Jimmy’s Grill, where Santorelli worked, said Santorelli’s smile always brightened the day of customers and co-workers.
“If you didn’t know Kara you missed out on knowing a very special person and it’s a void in our hearts,” the restaurant said in a Facebook post. “We will always remember you and know that you can put a smile on everyone’s face even through the rough times!”
The community held a memorial event for Santorelli at Pensacola Beach.