A 9-year-old girl from East Texas was killed in a car accident this week, just minutes after posing for a photo before her first day of fourth grade.
Payton Lynn Crustner was ejected from a car when it collided with another vehicle that had turned into oncoming traffic and died at the scene, Longview's KYTX-TV reported. The photo was taken 10 minutes before the crash, according to Houston's KHOU-TV.
"Payton Lynn Crustner, 9 years old, was brought out of this world this morning before her first day of Grade 4, please keep this family in your prayers," reads a family fundraiser on a Facebook fundraiser page.
The other three victims in Crustner's vehicle included her 16-year-old brother, an unidentified three-year-old passenger, and 32-year-old Miranda Clark, who drove the Nissan Sentra in 2017, KYTX-TV reported.
Clark wore a seat belt, while Crustner had secured only the lower part of her belt, to East Texas Matters. Her 16-year-old brother and three-year-old wore no seat belts.
KHOU reported that Crustner's brother was hospitalized in critical condition while Clark and the 3-year-old were released.
"Payton Lynn Crustner, 9 years old, was brought out of this world this morning before her first day of grade 4. Please keep this family in your prayers."
– Statement on Facebook
The police identified the Driver of the pickup when the 18-year-old Marcus Wayne Dukes, who was not wearing a belt, collided with Clark's car. He was also taken to a hospital and later released.
The police investigated the crash.
Friday morning The fundraiser had collected more than $ 12,000, exceeding his $ 10,000 goal.