According to State Police, around 4:30 this morning 18 year old Sophia Acensio-Porter was killed when her car collided head-on with a semi.
“You don’t think that the people that you love, right in your immediate world, are going to go” said Tanya Lindskog, a family friend of Acensio-Porter.
News of Sophia’s death hit hard to those who knew her.
“She’s been my best friend through a lot of things,” said Zoe Lindskog, Acensio-Porter’s best friend since kindergarten. “I’m sad that she won’t get to be at my wedding, I won’t get to be at hers.”
Friends tell 5NEWS Acensio-Porter was on her way home from teaching at a cheerleading camp. The state police report says it is presumed she fell asleep at the wheel.
News of her death spread quickly.
“It’s like you’re under water, where everything slows down. It doesn’t seem like a reality” Tanya Lindskog said.
Sophia was a cheerleader at Gentry High School. She moved to Gentry in 2010.
“Sophia was the quintessential cheerleader. That’s who she was. She always was encouraging others,” Tanya Lindskog said.
“No matter what, she always had a smile, or a joke, or something to make you feel better,” Zoe Lindskog said.
The Lindskogs said Acensio-Porter’s death is tough to deal with. They say the loss makes a void in their life.
“Just the fact that I can’t go and visit her, and say hi, text her,” Zoe Lindskog said.
Sophia Acensio-Porter was on her way home from a cheer-camp in Mississippi. She had been driving throughout the day and night to get home.
Sophia Acensio-Porter was only three miles from home when the accident happened.