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Loved ones gather in honor of teen killed in hit-and-run

Kayla Brown Kayla Brown
Kaitlyn Kepple Kaitlyn Kepple
Kayla with her father. Kayla with her father.
Angelo Jones Angelo Jones
Kayla was voted Prom Queen her senior year. Kayla was voted Prom Queen her senior year.

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Twenty-eight people have been killed in accidents on Jefferson County roads since 2013 began. While Louisville Metro police said the number of vehicular accidents are down, the number of deadly crashes are up 50 percent.

Police said many of the people killed were pedestrians, often crossing roads outside of a crosswalk at night while wearing dark clothing, or cyclists who were hit by vehicles.

More than 76 percent of deaths in crashes are caused because people are not wearing their seatbelts.

Kayla Brown, 19, was one of the victims killed on a Jefferson County roadway.

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Friday, loved ones of the teen gathered at Gheen's Academy to remember the friend, daughter and classmate they lost.

"It's just so hard we can't believe it because Kayla was so full of life. All the time," explained her friend Kaitlyn Kepple.

While friends and family try to grasp the fact Kayla's ending smile and contagious laugh are gone from their lives, it is the questions still surrounding her death that are so difficult.

Kayla, a 2012 Male High School graduate, was a passenger in a car with two of her close friends traveling on the Gene Snyder Freeway when police said their vehicle was clipped by a white sedan causing it to flip. Kayla was thrown from the car - the driver of the white sedan fled the scene. 

"If they just came forward, it would just give everyone a little peace of mind," said Kepple.

Kayla's friends said her father, who's in the armed forces, has been serving in Afghanistan and was on his way home to surprise his daughter. Instead he came home to a funeral.  

One by one classmates from both Male and Butler High School where Kayla transferred from spoke to support her family. Many of them wore pink, Kayla's favorite color. They brought two dozen pink carnations and named something they loved about her with each flower.

"With everything she did there was an extra level of energy and an extra level of enthusiasm," said Angelo Jones.

Jones said Kayla had the ability to light up any room she walked in and was so well liked she was voted prom queen her senior year, "The best way to honor Kayla is just to live life the way she did and just live everyday to its fullest."

The driver and passenger in the vehicle with Kayla suffered minor injuries but are expected to be ok.

Anyone with information about the driver of the white sedan is asked to call the anonymous tip line at (502) 574-LMPD.

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