Mother of 17-year-old killed in crash says daughter was “her rock”

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GLADSTONE, Mo. – The family of a 17-year-old girl, who would’ve been starting her senior year of high school on Wednesday, is in mourning after the teen was killed in an accident early Tuesday morning.

Police say shortly after midnight Anna Bishop was driving along southbound I-35, about six miles northeast of Lathrop, when she crashed.

Anna Bishop from Twitter.

Anna Bishop from Twitter.

On Wednesday, FOX 4 spoke to Anna’s mother, Nancy Bishop, who was overcome with emotion when asked about her beloved daughter.

“I always thought she was too perfect for me to have her as a daughter. I always thought ‘What did I do to deserve such a great girl,’” said Nancy.

The phone call no mother ever wants to receive, came just after midnight. Police told Nancy that Anna had died in a car wreck. It was then that her world caved in around her.

“She had an old soul.  I think she sat down to teach me a lot more than I taught her I think,” said Nancy. “She was my rock.”

Anna had been heading back home on I-35 after visiting her boyfriend. The crash report says her 2000 Nissan Maxima skidded off the road, hit a ditch and tumbled several times. She wasn't wearing a seat belt and was thrown from the car, which then erupted in flames.

“She is a perfect girl, a wonderful daughter. She is someone who everybody loved,” said Nancy. “There's going to be a hole, a hole down here on earth.”

Anna would've been a senior at Oak Park High School this year. Nancy says Anna loved life and was a beautiful singer. A recording of one of the songs she sang will be played at her funeral.

“I was always so proud of her, always. I always will be,” said Nancy.

Nancy says her daughter was always taking care of others.

“She would tell me that she's in a better place. She’d say ‘Momma don't cry. It’s ok,’” said Nancy.

Nancy describes how Anna has been her rock, but now she's her angel.

“I miss her so much already,” she said.

Nancy told FOX 4’s Judy Le that Anna will continue to live on through her organs, which will be donated to others.

CLICK HERE to donate to Anna’s memorial and funeral expenses fund.