Family of Oak Grove teen killed in crash hopes her story may save someone else’s life

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OAK GROVE, Mo. -- The family of a teenager killed Friday night is speaking out about the crash that took her life, hoping that their message might save someone else's life.

Police said 17-year-old Peyton Farley was driving 60 miles per hour on a rural road when she lost control of her vehicle, hit a tree, and died in the crash.

FOX 4's Shannon O'Brien spoke to her father.

Police said Peyton came over a hill just before she ran off the road and struck the tree. She was ejected from the SUV she was driving, which flipped and landed on her. The details are chilling and heartbreaking, but her family said they want people to know so that maybe others can avoid the same fate.

"You see folks talking about it, but I never-- you just can't fathom how painful it is," Peyton's father, Kevin, said.

Kevin is in the horrible position of living a nightmare, but struggling to believe it's really happening to him after his daughter died tragically in an accident that he said could have been avoided.

"Everybody's lives changes, and it's just so senseless," Kevin explained. "I just want somebody to listen."

Peyton was killed Friday night while driving home from a bonfire with her friends along Jim Owings Road in Oak Grove.

It's a rural, narrow, hilly road that police say is sometimes the scene of what they call "hill jumping."

"I don't know what they were doing. Either way, I know she was going to fast. And you think, 'gosh, you know, I tell my kid to drive safe and wear a seat belt and slow down so that'll never happen,'" Kevin said.

Peyton, her father said, was a generous, loving girl who enjoyed animals, especially her dog, Clifford, and horses, which she had ridden since she was a young girl.

"She loved to show horses. Her goal was someday to have an equestrian area where she could train handicapped kids and show them how cool horses are," Kevin said.

This stunning girl, also a bit of a tomboy who had an old Dodge Ram pickup and worked at a Valvoline shop.

"She wanted to learn how to do body work and all this stuff and fix up her old truck, "Becky" is what she called her. That's the kind of kid she was. She just had all these different ideas and directions she wanted to go in life, and it's just so sad that it's not going to happen."

"Awesome girl," Kevin added. "Giving, awesome girl. God bless her."

Two of her friends riding with her were seriously injured, but they're expected to survive.