WHITE PINE (WATE) – The mother and brother of the 18-year-old woman killed when a deer was hit by another car, then crashed through the windshield of her car, are talking about their shock.
The crash that killed Kenda Talley happened Sunday evening at the intersection of Highway 25-E and Leadvale Road.
Her brother, Jordan Talley, 13, was in the passenger seat asleep.
"The seatbelt scratched me here," he said showing us red marks on his neck. "My nose broke on both sides," he added , describing his injuries.
Jordan woke up in an ambulance.
"I kept on asking everyone whether my sister was alright. They wouldn't tell me anything," he said.
The crash site is minutes from Kenda Talley's family home. Her mother rushed to the scene to find her daughter dead in the car.
"It tried to get her up. She wouldn't get up. They tried to get me out of the car, but how could you leave her laying there? She looked like she wanted me to help her," mother Melissa Talley told us with tears in her eyes.
Just a day earlier, Kenda and her mother had gotten matching deer tattoos. The young woman loved anything to do with deer, which is evident based on what she was wearing at the time she died.
"She had a deer sweatshirt that had the same symbol, she was wearing a necklace with the same symbol," Talley said about the deer symbols on what Kenda was wearing.
"I never thought anything like this would ever happen to my family," Jordan said.
A candlelight vigil will be held for Kenda Talley Saturday night at 6 p.m. on the White Pine Middle School soccer field. The public is asked to wear camouflage in honor of Kenda's love for hunting.
Donations to help with funeral costs will also be accepted at the vigil. For more information, contact Farrar Funeral Home in Dandridge.