Louisa High student dies day before graduation

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LOUISA COUNTY, Va. (WTVR) -- Classmates are honoring a high school student killed in a crash just one day before her graduation.

Eighteen-year-old Dawn Ross would have graduated from Louisa County High School on Friday.

However, state police say she and 21-year-old Derrick Burford died Thursday morning when their car ran off Route 33 and struck a tree.

Troopers said neither Ross nor Buford were wearing their seatbelts -- and that speed is believed to have been a factor in the crash.

Ross' classmates tweeted they would wear her initials on their hands to honor her memory during graduation.