YERMO • Haeleigh Taylor Jensen, 19, was at the wheel of the 2002 Ford F-150 pickup that veered off Interstate 15 and overturned near Fort Irwin Road, the San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner's Office announced Thursday.
Jensen, a Yermo resident, was pronounced dead at the scene Wednesday afternoon.
Carol Fieste knew Jensen through her son and said in an email the young woman had just gotten a job at Home Depot and was saving money to buy her own car. She was also attending cosmetology classes at Barstow Community College.
"Haeleigh was a very sweet girl," Fieste wrote in the email. "She was a joy to know and I thought of her as a daughter. We all will miss her terribly."
A friend of the family, Julia Moreno, said her daughter Christina Moreno graduated with Jensen just last year from Excelsior Education Center. Moreno created a Facebook page on Wednesday evening to gather memories and photos of the young woman, she said.
"I called the page Haeleigh Jensen 'Sassy Sweet Angel' because she had a very sassy spirit, but her heart was pure as gold," Moreno said. "She was very kind and generous and compassionate and she just really took the time to care about people. She had a way of impacting people's lives without really even trying."
At approximately 3:20 p.m., California Highway Patrol received a report of the crash on northbound I-15, south of Fort Irwin Road.
For reasons still under investigation by the CHP, Jensen's truck veered from the number two lane and onto the right shoulder, rolled into the desert and struck a perimeter fence, according to CHP officials.
CHP and personnel from the Barstow Fire Protection District responded.
To contribute to Moreno's digital scrapbook call 903-593-5793 or message her on the Facebook page titled "Haeleigh Jensen 'Sassy Sweet Angel' Living Memorial."
Brooke Self may be reached at BSelf@DesertDispatch.com or 760-256-4123.
Shea Johnson may be reached at (760) 256-4126 or at SJohnson@DesertDispatch.com.