Friends remember teen killed in crash


Reporter - Lauren Adams
Photojournalist - Justin Jones

MCCRACKEN COUNTY, Ky. - Oliver Fell had heard about an accident involving her close friend, Carson Oakley Thursday morning.

But it was on Friday morning that she says her heart sank, "I just got a weird feeling and I started crying."

Minutes later, those tears were explained.  Oakley's father had texted her mother that the young woman had passed away.

Carson Oakley, 18, was a senior at Lone Oak High School.  She died at Vanderbilt Medical Center around 4 a.m. Friday morning.  Oakley wrecked her car on Highland Church Road Thursday morning.  Sheriff's Deputies believe Oakley over-corrected before crashing into a fence.

Oliver Fell says she first got to know Carson through swim team about seven years ago.

"There's not a whole lot of people on swim team so you kinda click with one person and I clicked with Carson," she explained of the girl she described as a 'big sister.'

Oliver says her friend was loyal and always brightened the school day.

"I just keep thinking I'm never going to see her again in the hallway," she said Friday, breaking into tears.

Carson Oakley was also a familiar face at Lone Oak First Baptist Church.  Kayla Scheer was in Carson's class and youth group and says she "never hesitated" to share her faith.

"To lose somebody is horrible and knowing she went to heaven is the only comforting thing we can stick to," she continued.

Oliver Fell says she is getting by thanks to the memories of their seven years together.

"She was such a blessing to me," she said, adding, "She knew."

Following graduation, friends say Carson planned to move to California.  She planned to enlist in the Army and follow in her mother's footsteps. 

Lone Oak High School had counselors on hand Friday to talk with students.  Superintendent Dr. Nancy Waldrop called Oakley's death a "tragic accident."