TECUMSEH, NE — “All of today I kept walking through the hallways just looking for her face or hoping to hear her laugh or her voice.”
A southeast Nebraska community is recovering after a hit and run crash killed two people over the weekend.
15-year-old Chloe Curry and her step-mother Rachel Curry died in an accident on Highway 75 near Nebraska City on Sunday night. Investigators say an SUV driven by 54-year-old Rickie Anthony crossed the center line and hit their pickup.
Monday evening, more than 100 of Chloe’s friends, teachers and classmates gathered at United Methodist Church in Tecumseh to share stories and memories during a candlelight vigil.
“There wasn’t a day that I didn’t see her without a smile,” a friend said. “She always seemed like such a happy person and she had such a great sense of humor.”
Chloe was going to turn 16 years old on Wednesday. She was a sophomore at Johnson County Central School in Tecumseh. Teacher Brittany Reppert encouraged vigil-goers to never stop expressing their love for each other.
“Chloe, I still love you and I will always love you,” Reppert said. “I hope that you know that everyone in this room and people who can’t even be in this room right now will always love you.”
Chloe’s father, Michael, was driving the family pickup and survived the crash.
Anthony fled the scene and was arrested in Falls City. He faces charges of leaving the scene of a fatal crash, two counts of motor vehicle homicide and willful reckless driving.