Senior at Ben Davis High School dies in car accident Thursday night

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (June 5, 2015)—An Indianapolis high school senior was killed in a car accident Thursday night, confirmed school officials.

Friday night, hundreds of friends and family gathered at the scene of the crash for a candlelight vigil to honor and remember Savannah Bettis.

"Seeing all these people shows Wendy and I that we did our job right and raised a great young woman," said Savannah's father John Bettis.

Savannah Bettis, a senior at Ben Davis High School, died following a crash in Avon. The circumstances around the crash are unknown at this time. Savannah was in the passenger seat when the car she was in drove off the road on Ronald Reagan Expressway near US Highway 36.It happened just after 5:30 on Thursday night.

Jesse Hunt,20, Savannah's boyfriend was driving the car, according to police.He is still hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries.

"Our investigation continues in terms of why the vehicle left the roadway and what factors might have played a part in that​,"said Assistant Police Chief Brian Nugent, Avon Police Department.

Savannah was an aspiring teacher with plans of going to college in the fall.

"I just love and miss her.She was my angel and I always called her my angel from day one," said Savannah's mother Wendy Bettis.

Officials with the Metropolitan School District of Wayne Township said counselors are available at the school today.

Graduation is scheduled to take place next Saturday.The Bettis' will walk across the stage in Savannah's honor and receive her diploma.

Savannah's parents ask that donations be made to the Leukemia and lymphoma soceity in her honor.

Friends will be selling orange "Savannah Strong" bracelets at Mcalisters Deli in Avon from 1-3 p.m on Sunday.The proceeds will go towards the Bettis family.Savannah worked at Mcalister's for almost three years.

"We thought she might be an angel when she was here with us and now we know she is an angel," said Mike Gillikin, assistant manager at Mcalister's.

The school's principal, Sandra Squire, and several students took to Twitter Friday morning to express their condolences.



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