NU grad killed in car crash |

NU grad killed in car crash

Just months after graduating from Nevada Union High School, an 18-year-old college freshman was killed early Wednesday morning when the car she was driving overturned in Humboldt County.

Zoe Chastain-Shannon had recently begun classes at Humboldt State University.

She was driving a 1994 Honda Civic south on Highway 101, north of Highway 200, at 12:41 a.m. For unknown reasons, the car began veering, and she lost control of the car, California Highway Patrol Officer Stefanie Barnwell said.

The Civic went over through the grass median and overturned in the northbound lanes. It came to a stop at a shoulder.

Chastain-Shannon suffered severe head trauma and was pronounced dead at the scene, Barnwell said. Four passengers in her car – Rory Corcoran, Amy Popplewell, Lizzy Prescott and Jessica Kingeter, all 18 and of Arcata – were not hurt.

Everyone in the car was wearing a seat belt, according to the highway patrol.

Chastain-Shannon was born in Davis and graduated from Nevada Union in June. According to her family, she loved art and animals. Memorial contributions are asked to be sent to AnimalSave.

A remembrance service for friends and family will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Chastain-Shannon home.

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