UPDATE: Driver in crash near New Hampstead Parkway identified

The driver killed in a car accident last week near New Hampstead Parkway has been identified.

Family members tell News 3 Kayla Shuman, 23 of Pooler, was the victim of the single-vehicle crash. She was a 2013 graduate of Windsor Forest High School.

“It is with a heavy heart that I say The Windsor Forest High school family along with her immediate family has lost one of the most gentle and sweet spirits to enter this world,” said Antwan Lang, a Windsor Forest graduate and Chatham County BOE candidate, in a Facebook post. “Kayla Shuman was a young woman full of life and loved to smile. I remember walking the hall of Windsor in my suits and she would always compliment me. My prayers are with her family and everyone that knew and loved her.”

According to Jenel Few with Savannah Fire and Emergency Services, officials were called to the scene of the crash, which ignited a brush fire, around 10:15 a.m. on Tuesday, May 1.

Crews arrived to find a Ford Fusion on fire with an individual next to it, deceased with burns.

Investigators with the Savannah Police Department determined that the individual was traveling south on New Hampstead Parkway and Little Neck Road when they left the roadway, striking a tree.

The vehicle then caught on fire. It is believed that it may have been smoldering through the night.

Investigators were able to determine the decedent is a female with braces. She was driving a silver 2008 to 2012 model Ford Fusion.

Savannah Fire, SPD’s Traffic Investigation Unit and Georgia Forestry responded on Tuesday.

Smoke from the fire blew towards New Hampstead High School but Savannah-Chatham County Public School System officials say no problems were reported as a result.