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.
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
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.
Tuesday, April 20 2010 11:21 PM EDT2010-04-21 03:21:00 GMT
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