WILMINGTON - Lindsay Benton was entering her senior year at Wilmington Christian Academy when tragedy struck last week.
Benton, 17, was in a serious car accident and died of injuries sustained from the crash. Benton had a fulfilling life as she was the co-captain of a national champion cheerleading team and had aspirations to be a doctor. She wasn't able to fulfill her dream, but still saved lives.
WECT reports that Benton's organs were donated to four people in need of transplants.
“It’s amazing to me that even through this tragedy that the lord is using her to save lives,” said Julie Rickard, cheerleading coach at WCA. “It may not be the way that we thought and how she thought her life was going to go, but her goals are still being accomplished.”
Benton was in a car crash outside the Compass Pointe community in Leland Aug. 21, the day before classes started. Benton died last Sunday in the hospital.
Principal Craig Tucker said Benton has been a part of the WCA family since she was four years old. He said she was one of 35 seniors set to graduate in 2017. Students signed a banner in her memory during school on Monday.