On Tuesday, Feb. 9, at around 8:04 p.m., the 16-year-old Tallapoosa girl was driving a vehicle when it struck a tree on Jacksonville Road near Buchanan.
Georgia State Patrol Sgt. Wade Chaffin said an official accident report should be ready by the end of the week.
“Roadway evidence and vehicle evidence support the operator was driving too fast for conditions, failed to negotiate the curve, [and] struck a tree. The vehicle rotated and struck a tree along her driver’s side door,” he said.
Greg Gray was riding in the vehicle’s passenger seat and had minor injuries.
Chaffin said he does not foresee any charges being made in reference to the wreck and that an accident report is still being developed.
“There’s still some items we’re investigating. Some fatalities we hold out a little longer so we can provide these grieving families with every answer they want to know. That’s what we’re intending to do, and that’s the reason we just haven’t finalized it,” he said.
Jordan’s mother, Katrina Williams Smith, said she hopes that she’ll get answers soon.
“Nothing about this accident makes sense,” she said.
Smith said she believes that some teens in the community may know the truth about the accident and that her daughter was traveling without her pocketbook, something she never did.
Smith said her daughter was not under the influence of any alcohol or drugs.
“They did a screening, and that is an absolute fact,” she said. “Instead of speculating on that aspect, we need to focus on her life and ... what kind of person she is.”
Jordan was a sophomore at Haralson County High School and a member of Bethany Baptist Church. Funeral services were held Friday, Feb.12, at the First Baptist Church in Bremen with interment at Forest Lawn Memorial Park.
“Everybody loved her,” Smith said.
Bremen Middle School teacher Sandra Hopkins taught Jordan when she was a seventh grader.
“I remember her ... always smiling, being very polite and mannerly, and seemed to always be in a good mood,” she said.
More than 80 comments offering condolences to Jordan’s family have been posted on the guestbook page of Hightower Funeral Home’s Web site, www.hightowerfuneralhome.com.
One comment written by Jennifer Brown on Feb. 12 said Jordan was a great person.
“I didn’t know her that long, but we knew each other long enough to be good friends and love one another. We would love to joke around and talk when we could. She was a special person. I miss her so much, and I will always love her.”
On Feb. 10, Sandra Hopkins wrote a message to Jordan’s family: “Hanna was a beautiful young lady inside and out. I remember how beautiful she looked in the Miss SMS pageant a few years ago. She will be greatly missed by everyone who knew her. My prayers are with your family during this time.”
In addition to her mother, Jordan is survived by her father and step-mother Tony and Michele Jordan of Tallapoosa; step-father Lee Smith of Bremen; maternal grandparents Joyce and Ralph Williams of Tallapoosa; step-grandparents Carson and Phyllis Smith of Bremen; brothers T.J. and Colton Jordan of Tallapoosa; brothers Mitchell and Jacob Smith of Bremen; and sisters Brittany and Kelsey Hagan of Tallapoosa.