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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.