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Officials on Tuesday morning identified the 16-year-old Orfordville girl who died in a crash Thursday afternoon.

The girl who died in the single-vehicle crash was Paige L. Wilson, according to the Rock County Medical Examiner’s Department. She died at the scene.

First responders at about 3:27 p.m. Thursday were called to the crash scene near County K and Fossum Road in the town of Plymouth.

The Rock County Sheriff’s Office reported that the vehicle, driven by a 17-year-old Beloit boy, was southbound on County K and was unable to negotiate a curve to West County K.

The boy instead drove into the south ditch, according to an earlier news release.

Neither the driver nor the passenger, Wilson, were wearing seat belts, according to the release.

Wilson will be remembered as a leader among her peers, Parkview School District staff said.

Guy Stricker, assistant principal at Parkview Junior/Senior High School, previously taught English at the school. He said Wilson was “a bright light” for everyone she met.

“I had her as a student and almost immediately, she took over the class but not in a bad way,” Stricker said. “She was very much a leader, and she did things her own way. She was happy being who she was. I nicknamed her Boss Lady. She was an incredible student.”

The crash remains under investigation.

Adams Publishing Group reporter Austin Montgomery contributed to this story.

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