Loved ones remember Love Co. teen killed in crash

LOVE COUNTY, Okla. (KXII) - An ambitious 17- year -old with an infectious personality is how loved ones described Kaley Hartman.

"She had her silly moments," OSU Love County Extension Randi McCann said. "She always said she was my shotgun rider every time we went to a competition or to an event she'd be - 'I'm shotgun!' and she would be in the seat beside me."

"She comes from a great family and they instill in her integrity and a lot of characteristics you want a young person to have," Turner Schools Teacher Shane Wolfe said.

"She was laughing all the time," friend Ryleigh Parker said. "We had so many jokes, there was never a moment where it was just like ugh I'm not in the mood."

Sunday evening Hartman was killed on State Highway 96 when the truck she was driving swerved off the road and rolled four times.

She was ejected.

An 11-year-old passenger suffered minor injuries.

"It's always hard to arrive on crashes like this because it's hard on the community - very hard on a community," Trooper Hayden Darst said.

Especially hard on Turner Schools, with a total enrollment of just over 300 students.

Hartman attended there until her junior year when she started homeschooling.

She's the second killed in the last several months with a connection to Turner Schools.

A recent graduate was killed in a car wreck out of state in August.

"As a teacher, you just hope it's not one of your students," Wolfe said. "When we got the news that one of our former students had been involved, it just opened up some fresh wounds that had just been healing."

"When I first heard the news, it was like oh no not again," Parker said. "We had to watch everyone in the community go through it once and so going through it again was like reliving it."

Hartman was active in 4H leadership and showing livestock but her passion was horses.

Hartman was graduating next month and was considering going to Oklahoma State University after finishing her basics.

"I'm going to miss her - her wit and her humor but most of all I'm going to miss my shotgun rider," McCann said.



 
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