UPDATE | Friends of teen killed in ATV accident reflect on her life
Like any other group of teenage girls, Karlee, Kassidy, Killian and Harley were excited to enjoy the summer together. They had planned beach trips and went to Kings Island when they got out of school.
"We all get each other. We're all just like each other,” friend Harley Gregory said.
But after a fatal ATV accident on Saturday in Oak Hill, Ohio took the life of their best friend, Karlee Didelotte, the group of three is now finding a way to go on after losing a friend they could never replace.
"It was really hard on me and after that I’ve been blank like it don't seem real,” Killian McGinness said.
The friends weren't together that night, but quickly found out she had been flown to a hospital in Huntington and later died after being thrown from the ATV she was riding.
"I immediately felt my heart break into pieces,” Kassidy Daniels said.
"Killian texted in the group chat and she told us that Karlee passed away and you just can’t handle something like that,” Gregory said.
Although the road ahead is difficult, they are reflecting on the memories and friendship they shared with Didelotte who they say was always smiling and studying to be a nurse.
"She was the life of a party, always lived in the moment never oh we could just do it tomorrow, we can do it next week it was like let's do it now cause you never knew when your time would be up,” Daniels said.
Today is especially hard since they had plans to go out to eat and go shopping, something they all loved to do together.
"Now it's just going to be the three of us and we're going to have to go shopping for funeral dresses to say our last goodbyes and that just isn’t the way today was supposed to go,” Gregory said.
But they have faith that their guardian angel will always be with them.
"God wanted her home and I know she's watching over all of us,” McGinness said.
Didelotte had just finished her junior year at Buckeye Hills Career Center. She just passed her state tested nurse aide exams.
The victim of the fatal ATV accident, Karlee Didelotte, 18, of Bidwell, Ohio, was studying at Buckeye Hills Career Center.
She attended River Valley High School through her sophomore year before transitioning to the career training center where she was studying to be a nurse. She had just finished her junior year and passed her state tested nurse aide exams.
A statement from Buckeye Hills says that Didelotte was fun and full of life. She also worked at a local boutique in Gallipolis, Boardroom 46.
Buckeye Hills will be opening their doors to students, staff and community members from 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, June 11 for grief counseling.
One teenager is dead and another is recovering after an ATV crash in Oak Hill, Ohio Saturday.
Troopers with Ohio State Highway Patrol say it happened around 8 p.m. on Franklin Valley Road.
According to a release, Karlee Didelotte, 18, of Bidwell was seriously injured when the ATV she was a passenger on went off the side of the road and threw her and the driver off when it overturned.
Troopers say Didelotte was flown from the scene to a Huntington hospital where she died from her injuries.
The driver of the ATV, who is 17, was taken to the hospital as a precaution.