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Family of girl killed in accident warns about distracted driving

By: Christina Butler

SPRING GROVE, Pa.
-- The family of a 17-year-old girl, who later died from injuries sustained in a car accident, wants people to know how important it is to drive safely and without distraction.

"She had a big heart, a very big heart, beautiful smile and bright blue eyes," Ashlyn Stambaugh's mother, Karen, said.

Ashlyn was a junior at Spring Grove High School. She crashed her car Friday night along Pigeon Hill Road in Jackson Township Her parents think she may have been driving distracted.

"We assume she was texting. It show on the cell phone and everything," Karen said.

Friends of 17 year old Ashlyn Stambaugh leave notes where the teen was killed in crash over weekend pic.twitter.com/wuDuwTkU15

Christina Butler (@ChristinaCBS21) March 30, 2015


"There's a lot of things involved. She's probably speeding, inexperienced driver and kids think they're invincible," Ashlyn's father, Scott, said.

The Stambaughs don't want their daughter's accident define her life, but they do want it to steer others away from dangerous driving. Her cousins, also Spring Grove students, want the same thing.

"Just everyone put your phone away I guess. I think that would help a lot. Put your seat belt on," Ashlyn's cousin, Kyle, said.

Ashlyn Stambaugh's family shared these pics with us. They have a message for drivers coming up at 6 pic.twitter.com/GhLd5dgZrk

Christina Butler (@ChristinaCBS21) April 2, 2015


All of Ashlyn's organs were able to be donated. Memorial services are scheduled for Monday.

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