The daughter of a senior Lowe’s executive died early Saturday after plowing her Porsche supercar into a tree – allegedly while speeding.
Stella Grace Bright, 16, who has a twin sister called Olivia, was driving her 2014 Porsche 911 near Lake Norman, North Carolina when she flew off the road and ended up in a rock landscaping wall, which killed the teen and hospitalized two others in her car.
One of the two passengers was in the back of the Porsche, even though it is a two-seater which is not supposed to hold rear-seat passengers. Bright and the other front seat passenger were both in seat belts.
The person in the back was not wearing one. Neither the injured victims’ identities have been released – and updates on their conditions have not been shared.
The tragedy unfolded at around 3:20 a.m. Saturday, less than two miles from her family’s lavish $2.6 million lake house.
Heartbreaking tributes have poured in following the 16-year-old’s death, with her grief-stricken twin mourning the loss of her ‘other half’.
‘I don’t know how I’m going to live another day without you u meant the world to me and still do. You didn’t deserve to go this soon you really didn’t,’ Olivia wrote.
‘I won’t stop thinking about you and I know you want me to be happy so I’m going to try to be happy just for you.’
In a news release following the collision, North Carolina Highway Patrol Trooper Christopher Casey declined to say what speed the teen reached before the crash, but determined that it was the contributing factor to the wreck.
It is unclear if the supercar – which has a top speed of 199mph – was owned by Bright outright, or if she had been insured on a car belonging to her parents Teresa and Chris. Local news outlets including the Charlotte Observer described the car as hers.
As investigations were launched to determine the cause of the tragic accident, police closed off the scene for over three hours.
The collision occurred in the area of Mansfield Loop, around five miles from Donald Trump’s golf course Trump National Charlotte.
Casey did not elaborate on what Bright and her two friends were doing before the accident, with the teen succumbing to her injuries less than two miles from her luxurious family home by Lake Norman.
The picturesque lakefront home is decked out wit a private pier, saltwater pool and lavish spa.
Her father, Chris Bright, is the Vice President of Market Delivery & Final Mile at Lowe’s, the second largest home improvement retailer in America.
According to his LinkedIn profile, he joined the company three years ago, and previously worked as the vice president of supply chains at Nordstrom.
Stella’s mom Teresa has a gift-making business and regularly posted photos of her daughters and their stunning home online. The family originally hail from the Pacific Northwest.
Following news of the 16-year-old’s passing, her heartbroken friends and family have shared poignant memories with the teen, describing her as a kind and warm individual who ‘lit up the room’.
Her best friend Jocelyn Carroll took to Instagram to share memories with the teen, saying: ‘Rest in peace to my bestest friend in the whole universe.
‘I can’t even begin to describe with words how grateful I am to have met you and to be apart of your life. You are so amazing and caring ad kind and talented and you had such a beautiful soul.
‘You always know how to put a smile on anyone’s face… you were the bestest sister I never got to have and I miss you so much. I’m so sorry I never got to say goodbye.’
Another friend Nikki Degroot said she knew the teen for two years, and would miss her ‘sweet laugh’ and ‘hilarious sense of humor.’
‘There are absolutely no words to describe how much you were loved and how we are all going to miss you so so so much,’ she continued in the post alongside pictures of a smiling Bright with her pals.
‘You lit up every rom you walked into and I loved every minute I’ve ever spent with you.’
Those who knew Bright added that she was an outgoing and gregarious 16-year-old, as the sociable teen was said to always know how to ‘make people smile in an awkward situation’ by her friend Ryleigh Ackermann.
‘Words can’t even describe how much my heart aches for you and the others involved,’ she said in a post to social media.
‘I wish we could’ve had the rest of our high school experience together. I would do anything to get one more hug from you.
‘You were a beautiful, smart, caring, bubbly girl. I know you will always be up there looking out for all of us… you were the sweetest soul and went too soon.’