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Green Cove Springs teen killed in single-car crash

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Updated: 12/09/2013 9:19 pm
GREEN COVE SPRINGS, Fla. -- Family and friends are mourning the loss of a 17-year-old teen killed in a car crash Sunday night.

Broken limbs, downed trees and teddy bears are what remain after 17-year-old Destiny Dyal was killed in a car crash Sunday night.

Dyal's stepfather, Gary Gill, said the news just tore the family apart.

"What is going on? He's like, 'She didn't make it,' and that's when it got hard," said Gill.

Police said Dyal was traveling south on Highway 17 in Green Cove Springs when she suddenly ran off the road and then crashed into several trees.

The crash happened not too far from her home.

"I taught her how to drive and everything and how to be safe but I just don't understand how it happened," said Gill.

Police still haven't identified the cause of the crash.

But Gill believes texting may have been a factor. He said Dyal was texting her boyfriend right before the crash.

He's now sending a message to other young drivers "not to text and drive."

"Everybody's torn apart. She was a very big part of our family. She was a very happy person."

Family and friends said the teenager was so full of life.

"She was a happy person, a very caring person, she never had any issues that caused us a problem. She was an outgoing person," said Gill.

"She was really outgoing, really fun to be around," said Darren Hartman.

"She was a lot of fun to be around and I like hanging out with her," said Richard Hooker.

"She was really loud, crazy and outgoing," said Chris Tate.

The teens were with Dyal just a few minutes before she was killed.

They said they were at a friend's house hanging out Sunday night.

Hartman told Action News he just wished he had a chance to tell her he loved her.

"I would've told her I loved her last night because she knew I loved her," said Hartman.

Gill said this holiday season will be very painful because they had been planning a family trip out of state.

"Now instead of Christmas plans we're planning a funeral," said Gill.

The toxicology results are still pending and the case is still under investigation. The family told Action News the funeral arrangements have been set, but they want to keep the information private.

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