DADE CITY — Jordan Ivie organized a talent show for her high school and planned to emcee it with her brother.
But on May 8, Jordan's brother will take the Pasco High School stage without her.
His 17-year-old sister died Sunday morning after she was involved in a car accident Friday. She and her boyfriend, Austin Council, 16, were running an errand in a 2002 Ford Mustang about 11:30 a.m. when they veered off Smith Road in Dade City to avoid an oncoming vehicle, the Florida Highway Patrol said. Council was driving, and the car hit four trees before coming to a stop, the patrol said.
Both teens were wearing seat belts, and alcohol was not a factor in the crash, the patrol said. The crash was still under investigation and no charges had been filed Monday.
Emergency responders airlifted Jordan to St. Joseph's Hospital, where she underwent emergency surgery to relieve pressure on her brain, her father, Joe Ivie, 42, said Monday night at the family home, about a mile from the crash site. He said Council suffered a broken arm.
Just recently, the drama club president and former cheerleader decided she wanted to be a kindergarten teacher rather than a social worker.
"I think that would be a good way to have some influence on kids while they're young enough to be influenced," she told her father a month ago. She couldn't wait to be a foster mom and have kids of her own, he said.
"She would have made a wonderful mother," said her father, a hospital chaplain. "She gave the best hugs. They'd make you feel like the only person in the world."
On Sunday, after news spread of her death, more than 100 people convened at a football field for a vigil to remember Jordan and support her family. Her older brother, University of Florida defensive lineman Joey Ivie, returned from Gainesville with several teammates.
"It's not often you see a community come together like that," Ivie said.
After graduation, Jordan planned to attend Pasco-Hernando State College for a year before enrolling at UF, where her other older brother and classmate has also committed to play football. She also had two younger brothers.
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