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Local soccer players mourn loss of soccer standout

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HENRICO, VA (WWBT) -

A New York teen died Thursday while traveling from her home to a soccer tournament in Glen Allen. 18-year-old Christina Ginley was killed in a car crash on I-95 in Prince William County.

Ginley was a senior at Warwick Valley High School where she was captain of the varsity soccer team. She was also a member of the Quickstrike FC, which had qualified for the Jefferson Cup Tournament hosted by the Richmond Strikers.

A Richmond Strikers official said while the tournament hosts hundreds of teams and thousands of players, many knew Ginley because she was known to be "a leader on the field."

Ginley's team decided not to play this weekend. Before each game, teams will hold a "walkout" and a moment of silence for the deceased teen.

According to Virginia State Police, Ginley was riding in the backseat of a 2008 Nissan Sentra. Two vehicles were stopped in the HOV lane preparing to merge into traffic from the HOV lane onto I-95 South.

The driver of the Sentra was traveling South in the HOV lane and failed to stop. She struck one vehicle in the rear causing it to then hit another in the rear.

Judith J. Guerico, 52, of Carmel, N.Y. was charged with reckless driving.

Even though Ginley was wearing a safety belt, she was the only one in the crash who was killed. The occupants of the other cars suffered only minor injuries.

A Strikers official said over the phone, "Our thoughts and prayers are with Christina's family, teammates and parents of the team. Soccer is a close-knit community and when something like this happens, it hits every single person. We also send our prayers for safe travels to the teams on their way home. And parents, hug your kids a little harder tonight."

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