FIVE girls between the ages of 11 and 16 were killed on the same stretch of road in less than a year.
16-year-olds Kristy Klaus and sophomore Kayden Davis were in the backseat of a car being driven by Klaus’ grandma Christy Rees when they died in a crash down south California on April 8th.
And, Willow Sanchez, 11, Daytona Bronas, 12, and 13-year-old Sandra Mizer died less than a mile from the scene of the Lucerne Valley crash last June.
Kristy and Kayden died at the scene, while Rees and an unnamed driver were taken to the hospital.
The cause of the crash remains unknown while the investigation continues.
Dozens of tributes were paid to the teenagers, while more than 150 people paid their respects at a vigil.
Kristy’s brother Brent Gardner wrote: “To say she is missed is an understatement, life without her will not be the same.
“I am grateful that my Savior Jesus Christ made salvation possible so that I can rest easier knowing that she will be fine.”
Kayden’s family paid tribute to the 16-year-old online.
They wrote on a GoFundMe page: “She had so much love for her friends and family, especially the children who are younger than her. She was the youngest mama bear we know.”
The teen’s family said they enjoyed playing volleyball, softball, soccer and riding their dirt bike.
They added, “If there was one hobby she was best known for, it was her love of camping and riding in the dirt with her friends and family, that’s what she lived for.”
One tribute read: “Fly high girl! Our world will never be the same without you.”
Her death comes just months after Willow Sanchez, Daytona Bronas, and Sandra Mizer were killed.
The schoolgirls were hit from behind before the driver allegedly inspected the victims with a flashlight and ran into the desert. They died at the scene.
Sandra was due to start her freshman year, while 14-year-old eighth-grader Natalie Coe survived the accident but suffered serious injuries.
She lost one leg in the accident while the other limb was crushed, according to police daily press.
The teenager also suffered brain and kidney injuries, as well as a laceration to her liver.
Her mother, Sherrie Orndorff, told the Daily Press in August: “She’s healing but will never be the same.”
Orndorff revealed that Natalie “wants to live a life out of a power chair but still be independent.”
Willow’s mother, Lori Napier, told it CBS: “I don’t know why death happens, but it happens.”
School district superintendent Peter Livingston said the girls had “touched so many lives”.
After the tragedy, Jessica Risler, Vice President of the Lucerne valley The Unified School District board of trustees told the Daily Press: “The kids who were there were ecstatic.
“They’re the kind of kids who won’t ever leave you alone at lunch, won’t let you be bullied. Only hearts of gold.”
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