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16-year-old girl killed in central Minnesota crash

Kailey James is described as a "hard worker and tremendously dedicated to her education."
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A 16-year-old girl died in a single-vehicle crash in central Minnesota on July 1, according to a July 7 news release from the Stearns County Sheriff's Office. 

According to the release, 16-year-old Kailey James, of Richmond, was driving a 2004 Pontiac Grand Am northbound on County Road 9 when she left the roadway at a curve and struck a utility pole. 

The crash was reported around 1 p.m. in Munson Township by a 911 caller who spotted a car in the ditch on County Road 9 near 260th Street.

James was pronounced dead at the scene. She was the only person in the vehicle. 

James' obituary notes she excelled in school, and at only 16 years old and entering her senior year she "already had all of her high school credits completed and college letters were rolling in."

A GoFundMe created to help cover memorial expenses notes James was a "hard worker and tremendously dedicated to her education." 

The fundraiser has received more than $10,000 with a goal of reaching $12,000. To donate, click here

The sheriff's office says the crash remains under investigation. 

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