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The body of a 19-year-old teen who was killed in a car accident in Milton over the weekend arrived home in Indiana on Wednesday evening.The cause of that accident is under investigation, but those who knew her best remember her as a beautiful, young woman with a promising future ahead of her.
Aubree Kramer had just moved to Pensacola earlier this year and was excited for this new chapter in her life.Now her friends hope her death will teach others a valuable lesson.For instance, a Matco Tools truck is where you would normally find Casey Hinds working.About a month ago Hinds hired Aubree to give him a hand."She really helped a lot easing some of my stuff at home, when I got home at night having to do inventory. The one man job having two people she could really help out with that a lot," Hinds said. Over that time Aubree became great friends with Hinds and his family, even spending time with them on his boat.
"She was such a good kid," Hinds exclaimed. "[She] had her whole life planned out to where she wanted to start taking some classes, college classes here, join the military full time instead of the National Guard and be a combat vet. She knew what she wanted to do in life."
Sadly, Aubree's bright future was dimmed on Aug. 29 after the car she was riding in was involved in a head-on collision on Avalon Boulevard.She was pronounced dead at the scene.Hinds said, "She just was a great person, uplifting, just really, even with my customers. It's still shocking just. She could make anybody's day a good day."Family and friends from back home in Indiana said she was always full of life.
"She could literally just light up a room instantly, and whoever she met she always made them feel warm and welcome. She was warm like a mother figure for sure," a close friend said. Hinds says her death is even more shocking because she was always good about being safe in vehicles."Tragically the day she was killed in the car accident she didn't have her seat belt on," Hinds said. "We don't know why or what. It's odd to us. You can't help but think that when everybody else walked away pretty much with minor injuries, if she had it on would she still be here with us today."He hopes this serves as a lesson for others about the importance of wearing your seat belt as Aubree's family prepares to lay her to rest.Also, the driver and the other passenger in the car Aubree was riding in, were taken to the hospital with minor injuries. The driver of the other vehicle also had minor injuries.Hinds has started an account to help raise money to pay for Aubree's funeral.For more information on that account or if you would like to help, CLICK HERE.
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