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Friends mourn Rome's young car accident victim

By LEXIE O'CONNOR

(WKTV) - Residents in Rome are mourning the loss of a young girl who died following a crash Friday morning. 19 year old Jillian Velardi hit another car on Judd Road in Whitestown, she was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Many of Jillian's friends are remembering her as a fun young girl, who was always smiling and laughing and doing things to make other people smile.

The acident happened on Judd Road just after 11o'clock Friday morning and involved two cars.

Police say she lost control of her vehicle and crossed into on-coming traffic, hitting another vehicle.

The SUV had two people inside from Lee Center. They were both sent to St.Elizabeth Medical Center at first. A hospital spokesperson says Sandra Elsenbeck was then sent to a Syracuse hospital. Her condition was not known Friday night. The driver of the SUV, Gary Elsenbeck, was still being evaluated locally.

In remembering Jillian, her friend Savannah Bixler told NEWSChannel2,
"She was such an amazing girl, a girl with such life and excitement. A girl that should be remembered for her amazing smile and crazy personality….She would want people to be celebrating her life, smiling and laughing at all the amazing and crazy things that she would do to make anyone smile."

The accident is still under investigation.

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