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Crisis counselors helping North Port students cope after DUI crash kills classmate

Posted at 4:08 PM, Apr 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-08 17:59:29-04

NORTH PORT, Fla. -- Crisis counselors have made their way to North Port High School after two students were involved in a tragic accident over the weekend.

North Port Police said 13 students were in Stephanie Evrard’s SUV when the deadly crash happened. One of the students, a 17-year-old girl, died from her injuries.

“You had people on top of the car, hanging out of the car,” said police spokesperson Josh Taylor.

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The group was hanging out early Saturday morning in a rural area of North Port called Genip Court. Police say Evrard, 19, was under the influence when her SUV flipped over.

Crisis counselors were on hand helping students cope at North Port. The 17-year-old student’s name hasn’t been released, but teachers tell ABC Action News that she was in the theater department.

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“We have a support room going on with district staff and they can sign up for that if they need to talk to somebody,” said counselor Lee Thomas.

Evrard was charged with DUI Manslaughter, plus other charges.