Police say the driver, 17 year old Ashton Braden, and her sister, 6 year old Sophia Moore, were pronounced dead at the scene of a crash on Old Highway 30 West of Middleton. Authorities say Braden failed to yield at a stop sign and was broadsided by a truck. Their sister 11 year old Zoey Moore was taken to the hospital and later released. Police say none of the girls were wearing their seat belts. Braden would have turned 18 the next day.
Students still on their winter break were shocked to hear the news about their classmates. It was especially hard for players on the Middleton Girls Basketball Team who found out about their friends death just hours before their game against Thursday night against Columbia.
Braden used to play on the basketball team as a Freshman and her coach had many fond memories of her.
"She was fun, she made you pull your hair out, but I remember always taken pictures and she used to say man I look good so," said Freshman Coach Vince Tullock while laughing. "She was that type of kid, but she was a good kid."
Tullock was in shock when her first found out form his daughter and other players were overwhelmed with emotion upon hearing the news. Head Coach Andy Jones told the players they could sit out if they wanted, but instead the girls played in honor of Ashton and Sophia and won their game 64-17.
At Friday's home game against Caldwell the girls went a step further by wearing wrist bands with Ashton and Sophia's name on them. The crowd also observed a moment of silence before the game.
Coach Tullock said some kids are still having a hard time with the loss. He told his kids to always remember the good times they had with their friend.