SEYMOUR, IN (WAVE)- The people WAVE 3 spoke to said they were devastated and can't believe 17-year old Danika Collins is gone. She is described by those who knew her as someone who was creative, spunky and energetic.
"That's my best friend. I tell her everything. She's always been there for me," Caitlyn Lauren Brown, 17, of Seymour, said as tears streamed down her face.
For Lauren Brown, the pain of losing best friend 17-year-old Collins is just too much to understand
"Why? Why is this happening?" Lauren Brown asked. "I've never lost somebody that's meant so much to me and she's gone. There's a hole in my heart and I just don't know what to do."
At 6:13am Sunday, Seymour police and fire officials responded to an accident on Vehslage Road near Stadium Drive. According to police, an initial investigation indicates Collins was in the front seat of a car driven by Garan Terrell, 18, of Brownstown. Tanner Payton, 18, of Seymour, was in the back seat. As the car traveled down Vehslage Road, the car left the road, hit a police speed radar trailer in the grass, continued into a grassy field and hit a tree near Vehslage Road and Stadium Drive.
"It was just a real loud bang more like a door closing real hard than it was glass breaking," said Duane Martin. The tree the car crashed into is in his yard. Martin heard the crash and came out to see what he could do.
"It pushed that engine. It turned that engine into pieces. It was devastating," he said as he described what the tree did to the car.
The driver, Terrell, was taken to Schneck Hospital, in Seymour where he was treated and released. Payton was flown to an Indianapolis hospital with severe facial injuries. Collins died at the scene. Cody Sumpter, 17, is Terrell's best friend and Collins' ex-boyfriend.
"He was driving and a car swerved towards him, so he swerved the opposite way," Sumpter said. "As he swerved, he hit a tree. He blacked out and when he woke up, he ripped the door open and he could pull tanner out, but Danika was stuck."
Sumpter described Collins personality and what it is like to lose her. "She was just creative. I can't even describe it." he said.
Lauren Brown says Collins was a Seymour High School junior on track to graduate this year.
"I looked up to her. I always followed after her footsteps," Lauren Brown said.
Now 3 families are coping in the aftermath of a devastating event.
"You pray for the families. That they'll draw close to God on this," Martin said.
Lauren brown said of her best friend Collins, "Even though she's not here with me, She's always in my heart and she'll always be my best friend."
The condition of Payton was not known Sunday night. Police said the accident remains under investigation. Police also say the driver, Terrell, tested negative for alcohol and further toxicology results are pending. Funeral services for Collins are also pending.
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