‘She’s dancing in heaven;’ 16-year-old girls killed in car crash identified

Published: Aug. 4, 2021 at 5:56 AM CDT|Updated: Aug. 5, 2021 at 9:13 AM CDT
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MADISONVILLE, La. (WVUE) - Two teen girls are dead after an overnight car crash in Madisonville, according to the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Officials identified the victims as Chloe Shartle, of Covington, and Makayla Bonura, of Madisonville, both 16.

Two other 16-year-old girls were injured in the crash.

The crash happened on Guste Island Road near Madisonville.

While the cause of the crash is still under investigation, members of the STPSO Traffic Division believe the 2019 white Honda Civic was traveling southbound on Guste Island Road at a high rate of speed when it ran off the roadway, impacting two trees, a utility box, and two signs.

“Without her our lives are forever changed,” a relative of Shartle posted on Facebook. “She’s dancing in heaven with her Pappy and meeting her great grandmother for the first time.”

Today is a rough day, we lost our niece Chloe Shartle ,age16 in a tragic car accident early this morning. Without her...

Posted by Sharon Saucier on Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Shartle and Bonura were pronounced dead on scene.

The driver and another passenger were transported by medical personnel to a local hospital with injuries.

”My heartfelt prayers go out to all of the families involved,” Sheriff Randy Smith said. “While it is always a tragedy when young lives are lost, it is especially challenging to have something like this happen in our community just days away from the start of the new school year. My thoughts are also with the friends of these girls as they return to class mourning two of their classmates.”

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