Normangee Teen Remembered

By: AshleaSigman & Steve Fullhart Email
By: AshleaSigman & Steve Fullhart Email

Four people died and six others were injured after a chain-reaction accident, Friday evening. It happened just north of Buffalo on Highway 79.

State Troopers say a pickup truck traveling south crossed the line and struck a Toyota head-on. The same pickup was then hit head-on by a Northbound SUV, from Normangee.

A passenger in that SUV, 15-year-old Kylee Harris, then stepped out of the vehicle and was hit by a motor home that was driven on the shoulder to avoid the wreck.

A passenger in the pickup, two people in the Toyota, and Kylee Harris were all pronounced dead at the scene. Now the tight-knit community of Normangee is mourning the loss of such a young life.

Friday night's big game was still on the marquee at Normangee High School Saturday afternoon, and storefronts were still decorated downtown.

However, no one in Normangee was talking about the Panther football team's regional performance. Instead, they were talking about a vibrant life cut short.

Friday night, 15-year-old Kylee Harris was on her way to watch her boyfriend play in the game. She never made it, and her boyfriend didn't play.

The Normangee sophomore lost her life on a strip of highway 79 hidden between two blind curves. Her boyfriend's parents were behind the wheel when the chaos unfolded in front of them.

Although friends and family didn't want to speak on camera, off camera they remembered a girl with a contagious laugh and smile.

Harris was voted class favorite her freshman year and to the homecoming court last month. Kylee was a volleyball player who got time on the court, even as a sophomore.

Friends say she was active in her church and loved to play the piano and guitar; a teen who brought a beautiful melody to every life she touched.

Funeral services for the 15-year-old are set for Sunday at 11a.m., at First United Pentecostal Church, in Normangee.

Also in the SUV Harris was riding in were Kirk, Rachel and Maximino Relles, all of Normangee, and Carrie Garner of Iola. Each were treated for various injuries.

Kathy Ansley, an Atoka, Oklahoma resident, was also killed. She was riding in the pickup that reportedly started the wreck, according to authorities. Jerry Ansley was the truck's driver, and teens Kelsey and Rachel Ansley were also passengers, and were treated for injuries.

Glenn and Judie Johnson of Texarkana were in the Toyota initially hit. Both also died.

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