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Family holds vigil to mark 1 year since DUI crash that claimed teen's life

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Haylee Cantrell (Courtesy: Greenville Co. Schools) Haylee Cantrell (Courtesy: Greenville Co. Schools)
Haylee Cantrell was killed in a DUI crash one year ago (FOX Carolina) Haylee Cantrell was killed in a DUI crash one year ago (FOX Carolina)
TRAVELERS REST, SC (FOX Carolina) -

The family of a 16-year-old girl who was killed in a DUI crash held a vigil Wednesday on the anniversary of her tragic death.

Haylee Cantrell died at the hospital in November 2016, two days after a car she was riding in ran off Taylor Road and overturned. Haylee was one of three passengers in the car. She was thrown from the PT Cruiser when it flipped.

The driver of the car, Tyler Scraggs, was charged with felony DUI after the crash. In September 2017, Scraggs pleaded guilty to the charge and was sentenced to ten years in prison.

Haylee’s friends and family gathered in Travelers Rest Wednesday to celebrate Haylee’s first year in heaven.

"She never leaves my mind, no matter what I'm doing or where I'm at she's right stuck in my mind and in my heart forever," said Mother Tina Cantrell.

The grieving mother said her daughter was her best friend. She said everyday she wakes up in a haze, hoping to hear Haylee's voice one more time.

"I love her. She was beautiful, caring, she was my world," Cantrell said. "That boy took my world away, I'll be honest. He really did."

A family torn apart, and Cantrell said her youngest son still sleeps with Haylee's blanket and talks to her in his sleep. She said the tragedy left a void that can't be filled.

"I'm lost without her, I don't know how to live without her," Cantrell said. "I just take it second by second and all this could have been prevented if he just would have stopped the car."

Cantrell said she hopes others will learn from Haylee’s passing and not get in a car with someone who is under the influence.

“Haylee will never come home and my life is forever broken but I want to be her voice, because if she would have made it and woke up, she would be doing the same thing,” Cantrell said.

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