So completely, terribly and utterly sad.
The story reports that she "...received her license the previous weekend;" Interesting because DMV doesn't give license road tests on weekends here in Maine. It's entirely possible that it would be correct to say that she received her permit the previous weekend at one of the BRCs. The report does not state whether she took the two day course that includes riding or the one day, classroom-only course. Either one will net you your rider's permit upon successful completion.
Of course, there is a comment from some schmoe who brings up how the helmet didn't help.