HOOVER, AL (WBRC) – UPDATED: The Hoover Police Department is reporting one teen dead and another injured after a vehicle collided with a power pole on Monday morning.
The accident happened around 3:24 a.m. on Ross Bridge Parkway near Deer Valley Elementary School. Rescue workers found the driver of the 2008 Mazda 3, 16-year-old Sydney McLemore, outside of the vehicle. McLemore is the daughter of Hoover Fire Department battalion chief Richard McLemore, who went to the scene of the accident after the call for a car fire was upgraded. He did not realize his daughter was one of the victims until he arrived. Sydney has been transported to Children's Hospital for serious injuries and is in critical condition but is expected to live. Coincidentally, the Hoover Fire Department donated $15,000 to Children's Hospital Burn Center today.
The passenger in the car, 15-year-old Natalie Hurst, was inside the vehicle when authorities reached the scene. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
Both girls were in the 10th grade at Hoover High School. Since the school is not in session for Thanksgiving holidays, counseling services will be available for students at Hunter Street Baptist church tomorrow Nov. 23 from 10 a.m. until noon. Clergy from Natalie's church, Prince of Peace Catholic Church, will be there as well.