FANNIN CO., TX - Family and friends of Mandie Fuller are mourning her loss after she died in an accident Sunday morning in Ivanhoe.
Her friends say 17 year old Mandie Fuller was amazing and full of life, and they're still in shock after her life ended way too soon.
"You wake up and think that she's going to be there and you have to face reality and realize that she's not here anymore," said Caitlin Steele, one of Mandie's friends.
Mandie's cousin, Amber Brooke says, "Mandie was an amazing girl. What I miss most about her is her goofy laugh. Mandie was such a strong independent person and will forever be missed."
Fannin County Sheriff's Deputies responded to a call around 4:30 a.m. Sunday morning about a possible accident. When they arrived on the scene of FM 1396 just east of FM 273, they determined Mandie had been struck by a vehicle. She was transported to TMC where she later died.
"I love and miss her," said Tyler Welch.
Authorities say they believe 20 year old Dillon Mosley of Ivanhoe was driving the vehicle when it hit Mandie. Mosely was arrested at the scene and booked into the Fannin County Jail on a manslaughter charge.
A family member tells news 12 the two had been dating for about a year.
Megan Greer was with Mandie the night of the accident. She says Mandie was her best friend, and they were like sisters, "It's different. I'm used to getting a text from her every day telling me to meet her at Walmart. And being with her every weekend. It's just really hard. I'm gonna miss her a lot."
Greer went on to say, "Everybody has a lot of memories with her and I just hope they hold on to those and cherish them because I know that's what I'm going to do."
Mandie was a senior at Sam Rayburn High School. The District released this statement:
"Sam Rayburn ISD has lost a precious student, Mandie Fuller. This was Mandie's first year at Sam Rayburn High School. Mandie was a senior and planned to attend college in the fall after graduation. Mandie was loved by all students and teachers who had the privilege to know her. Last fall, she worked one period as an elementary office aide and showed great compassion to the elementary students she came to know. Sam Rayburn ISD asks that you keep Mandie's family and friends in your thoughts and prayers at this time. She will be greatly missed."