[UPDATE] 16-year-old Girl Dies in Accident in Liberty County

By: Jerry Askin, Eyewitness News Email
By: Jerry Askin, Eyewitness News Email

UPDATE 04-18-2011 at 5:10pm by Jerry Askin

A local church was filled to capacity Monday morning as friends and loved ones said their final good-byes to a girl killed in a car crash last week.

Hundreds of people filled the Lake Mystic Baptist Church Monday to say good-bye to 16-year old Alexis Patty. Patty was killed in a car crash last Wednesday (4-13) when troopers say she lost control of her vehicle causing it to flip.

"She's gone and I don't have her here, but I know I have her in my heart and that everything will be okay," says her best friend Sadie Richardson.

Her friend Brooke Sadler says, "It's such a hard thing to think of and most of us don't wanna believe it's true, but we just never have to forget the ones we love."

Patty played on the varsity softball team at Liberty County High School. Her teammates wore their uniforms to the funeral in her honor. Students were allowed to miss school Monday morning and bus loads of students came out to say good-bye to someone they say will never be forgotten.

"She meant a lot to me and I will always remember her as the long-legged girl who always got the homeruns running over home base everyday," says her friend Amy Cuop.

Many students wore T-shirts with the number 14 on the back to represent Patty's softball jersey number.

"I love her. I miss her and I'll see her one day again," says her friend Kimberly Johnson.

Patty's grandfather Winston Strickland says Alexis was a living angel who did her duty on Earth and will always be remembered.

He says, "She was just an angel. She was here to help, to reach out to help people."

Alexis Patty was also a member of the Panhandle Heat Traveling Softball Team. The team retired her jersey Saturday morning in her memory.
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UPDATE 4-18-2011 at Noon -

Funeral services were held this morning for a local girl who was killed in a car accident last week.

Hundreds of people filled the Lake Mystic Baptist Church in Bristol today to pay their respects to 16-year old Alexis Patty who was killed in a car accident last Wednesday night.

The funeral began this morning and it was so packed inside the church, they had to send people to an overflow room to watch the service. Alexis was a Liberty county high school freshman and on the varsity softball team. Her teammates were at the funeral this morning wearing their uniforms in her honor and busloads of students from the high school were allowed to miss a part of school this morning to attend the funeral.
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UPDATE 4-18-2011 at 7:50 am -

Family, friends and classmates will gather at the Lake Mystic Baptist Church later today (4-18) to say their final farewells to Alexis Patty.

Funeral services are set for 11:00 this morning.

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UPDATE 04-16-2011 at 6:40 pm by Jerry Askin

A local student was killed in a car crash this week and today her softball team played their first game without her. The Panhandle Traveling softball team gathered before their Saturday morning game to pay tribute to their left-fielder Alexis Patty .

Troopers say the 16-year old lost control of her Ford Explorer Wednesday night and died on Blue Creek Highway.

The team, made up of high school girls from around the Big Bend, retired Patty's jersey in her memory.

"I didn't wanna believe it until today," says Head Coach of the Panhandle Heat Softball team Fred Lanphere.

"It wasn't a time she was around when she was sad and now she's gone. We just know she's gonna be with us every play," says her teammate Alayanah Weiss.

She played for the Panhandle Heat for four years. After the team retired her jersey, they hit the field in Madison, Florida wearing wristbands with the number 14 to remember their angel in the outfield.

Alexis Patty's teammates say they're playing this game in her memory.
Each player also painted their face with the number 14 in memory of Alexis Patty.

"I think what got us the most is that we weren't just a team, we were a big family. We always had each others back," says her teammate Brooke Williams.

Her teammate Avery Kent says, "All those memories I have of me and her and us as kids playing softball and her smile. I'm going to miss everything about her."

But the players say they've loss a great athlete who will always be remembered. Now they say they'll play harder on the field for Alexis.

The viewing for Alexis Patty will be held Sunday from 2-8 at Culley's Funeral Home on Riggins Road.

Her funeral services will be at the Lake Mystic Baptist Church on Monday at 11 in the morning.
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UPDATE 4-14-2011 by Jerry Askin

Students at a local high school mourn the loss of a star athelete who lost her life in a car crash last night.

16-year old Alexis Patty was a freshman at Liberty High School and a member of the Varsity softball team... now the school says it will retire her jersey, but never forget her.

Students and teachers say Liberty County High School won't be the same without 16-year old Alexis Patty. She was a star student and athlete. The Varsity softball player lost her life Wednesday night in a crash.

Jennifer Sewell, Liberty County Varsity Softball Coach, says, "If you didn't have a smile on your face, she always made a joke, and make you laugh. And she always tried to make sure you're in a good mood.. She loved life and she loved softball."

Troopers say around 8:20 Wednesday night, Alexis lost control of her 1993 Ford Explorer while driving east on Blue Creek Highway and ended up flipping her vehicle. FHP says Alexis was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected from the vehicle.

Heather Peddie, a guidance counselor, says, "It's been a hard day here at Liberty County High School. She's just moved here at the beginning of the year and she was like family to us."

I'm (Jerry Askin) holding now Alexis Patty's helmet and her gloves that she played softball with her at the school, now they're laying it all to rest now in her memory.

Students made a poster of encouraging words that hangs on the freshman hall in her memory and many of them made shirts to wear to serve as a symbol of someone they say will never be forgotten. The softball coach says the team is holding on, but now missing a great player.

They're a strong group of girls, they loved her. They wanted to play tonight for her. (** NOTE ** Liberty County won 10-8, when team rallied for 9 runs in a comeback)

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UPDATE 4-14-2011 11:30am

Alexis Patty, 16, was a student at Liberty County High School and a member of their softball team. Grief counselors are on campus, and the softball coach will be taking the team to lunch today.

FHP Troopers say Patty lost control of her 1993 Ford Explorer when driving east on Blue Creek Highway and ended up flipping the vehicle. FHP says Patty was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected from the car.

Eyewitness News spoke with one of Alexis teachers this morning who told that us teachers and students are in shock today. The school's softball coach is planning to take Alexis' teammates to lunch today as they try to cope with the grief.

We will have much more on the story later on Eyewitness News.

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UPDATE 4-13-2011

FHP has released the name of the victim in a one car fatal accident in Hosford, Florida.

Troopers say Alexis Patty, 16, lost control of her 1993 Ford Explorer when driving east on Blue Creek Highway and ended up flipping the vehicle. FHP says Patty was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected from the car.

Blue Creek Highway was closed for about 3 hours as emergency crews worked the scene.

NOTE: FHP Press Release attached.

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UPDATE 4-13-2011

Hosford, FL - Traffic continues to be diverted after a fatal accident on Blue Creek Road in Hosford.

Authorities tell WCTV that only one vehicle was involved in the crash but the 16-year old female driver did not survive the accident.

Still no word yet on what caused the accident, but cleanup crews continue to divert traffic from the area.

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Hosford, FL - The Florida Highway Patrol is reporting a vehicle accident on 2241 Blue Creek Road in Hosford which happened around 8:20 pm.

Traffic is being rerouted in the area, and EMT is on the scene. Liberty County authorities are telling us that a 16-year old Tallahassee girl was killed in the accident.

Few details have been released about this accident, but we will try to bring you more information as it becomes available.


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  • by Ally Location: Tally,FL on Jun 26, 2011 at 06:09 PM
    Alexis i miss you so much nothing will be the same..
  • by Being Honest Location: Panhandle on Apr 19, 2011 at 08:23 PM
    May her soul rest in peace and my sympathy and prayers to her family and friends. Also my heart goes to the seniors whose senior night was shadowed by death and grieve instead of enjoying their last game. The fact still remains, wear your seatbelts for safety, ease off on the speed (75-80mph)on such roads and also text and call whoever when you are at your destination. Life is too short, put beckering, strife aside, love and hug your loved ones a lot because none of us is promised the next second!!!! Lastly, confess your sins and always be ready to meet the Lord Jesus because eternity is a fact whether you believe it or not. It's your choice where you are going to spend eternity: Heaven or Hell which is it?
  • by Josie Location: Bristol, Florida on Apr 19, 2011 at 06:56 PM
    - Alexis you are in my prayers i miss going to school and being able to see that smiling face of yours. I can feel you everywhere you go i we know you are lookin down at all of us. Just guide us to te right direction in life! P.S. I MISS YOU LOVE, R.I.P. Alexis Marie Patty Josie Nicole Montford
  • by Frances on Apr 19, 2011 at 05:13 PM
    We all just need to pray for this family. There is not a day that goes by that I do not think about Caleb. The hurt I see when I look at his dad, his mom and his sisters. I will be praying for them....praying that god helps eight he pain they will endure....it is very sad. It really bothers me that some folks are so cold hearted. I will pray for them also....I did not know this beautiful girl but she was going to go far in this life and it is a tragic thing that has happened. To all of her friends never forget what she brought ......it seems like she was a ray of sunshine...
  • by Dont read Location: evil comments on Apr 19, 2011 at 12:59 PM
    people are cruel. when my kids father died, this website was full of negative comments, so alexis's family, just dont read none of this. and for all the mean people a seat belt does not always save you. thats a fact. now stop talking trash about people who died cause when it's gonna hit your family, then you can feel our pain. thank u
  • by Old Timer on Apr 19, 2011 at 11:56 AM
    All I can do is shake my head after reading these comments. I don't know who "Sonny" and "OneMoreThing" are, but I know I am going to pray for them, whether they like it or not. Such a shame to know that human beings could be so heartless and then to post their hatred in a public forum. It's not always about whether or not you have the RIGHT to say something, it's about whether or not you SHOULD say something. The two of you ought to be ashamed of yourselves in how you have acted throughout all of this. I am speaking as someone who does not personally know this family, so this is not an obit tribute, as you like to call it. I have been around a long time and have seen this country go through many changes. There used to be a time when everyone, even strangers, would rally behind a family during hard times, no matter what the circumstances and not try to tear them down, to just uplift them. Now, here we are today when people just can't wait for the opportunity to pass judgement and condemn. May the Lord have Mercy on your soul!! God Bless this family and please accept my deepest condolences.
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      by Frances on Apr 19, 2011 at 08:35 PM in reply to Old Timer
      Amen. People are callous...and that is so sad. I truly feel sorry for those who don't show compassion. They must have very sad lives.
  • by Carol on Apr 19, 2011 at 10:37 AM
    i didnt know Alexi, but i know some of her friends. She was a sweet child and doesnt deserve the rude coments people are putting on here. honestly if you didnt know Alexis then you dont have a right to say the things you are saying about her. She could have the seatbelt on, but why should those of you who dont know her even care? Alexis RIP.
  • by Frances on Apr 19, 2011 at 09:41 AM
    Again...Friends and Family of this young woman do not let ignorance bother you. My stepson was killed last year with seatbelt on....Air bag deployed...INSTANTLY...Until these rude people have this happen to them they will not understand and can try to place judgement upon everyone else. Besides all they are doing is trying to stir the pot and upset everyone. Dont allow them the satisfaction. One day it will happen to them and they will think twice about what they have said here. BUT if you notice most of the ones saying rude things are the ones that comment with rude stuff on every story here...Have a nice day.
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      by KC on Apr 19, 2011 at 11:39 AM in reply to Frances
      Very True Frances...I have noticed the "repeat offenders" on other stories as well and apparently they get off on making offensive comments.
  • by alex,ashley,kayla, and carly on Apr 19, 2011 at 09:27 AM
    first off, if you read the news umm her vehical rolled four times and all of the windows were busted out. so who are you to say that her parents didn't teach her safty, or that she was driving at a young age or that she shouldn't have been driving at that time.umm we had practice that day we got off around 6 30 she stopped by a friends and went straight home. if you believe in God then you should know that when it is your turn to go it is your turn. being 18 or 19 and just getting your DL because of your parents does not mean that your children are safer in the car because they are older. have some respect!!! i understand this is a forum but seriously, its called RESPECT!!!!!
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      by Josie on Apr 19, 2011 at 06:59 PM in reply to alex,ashley,kayla, and carly
      LOVE IT! Learn some respect or keep your comments to yourself when there not needed!
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        by Jeepers on Apr 20, 2011 at 07:40 AM in reply to Josie
        Just because you don't like what other have posted doesn't make them rude, rude to you maybe because you are taking these posts "PERSONALLY". These posts aren't directed at any one person and most of these people should know that already.
  • by Mary Location: Tally on Apr 19, 2011 at 05:52 AM
    To KC- with the exceptions of a couple of motorcycle rides and on a golf cart. YES!!!
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      by KC on Apr 19, 2011 at 07:45 AM in reply to Mary
      lol...ok then
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