Woman mourns loss of close friend hit, killed by car on I-40 early Saturday morning

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A young woman mourns the loss of another her life cut short after being hit by a vehicle this weekend.

Knoxville police are investigating the crash that left Sarah Kasunic and Ashley Moore dead. It happened a little after 2 a.m. Saturday on I-40 East at Papermill Drive.

We’re told Kasunic had been involved in a crash. Officers saying Moore appears to have stopped to help. Both were hit by another vehicle.

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Moore was pronounced dead at the scene while Kasunic was taken to UT Medical Center, where she also died.

WATE 6 On Your Side reporter Elizabeth Kuebel spoke to one of Kasunic’s best friends from her home in Pennsylvania, remembering the 23-year-old as fearless and kind.

I think she made everybody feel special. I don’t think there was a mean bone in her body. She seemed to make conversations with people pretty easily. I never heard her say anything bad about anybody, said Kayla Nagel. 

Nagel reflected on what made her friend Sarah Kasunic so special. She said Kasunic was ambitious with a desire to see the world and a passion for helping people. 

In fact, Kayla says that’s why Sarah a Pennsylvania native was in Knoxville, working here as a nurse. 

I was really excited to be at her wedding one day. And I wanted her to be the maid of honor if I ever got married, Nagel said. I can’t even say I feel numb because I feel every bit of pain right now. I just, I wish she wouldn’t have gotten out of her car.

For those who love her, the loss is hard to fathom.

I just want to give a shoutout to Sarah. I love you girl. I don’t know what I’m going to do without you. You really touched my heart and thank you for listening to me vent for hours upon hours the past four years. You really got me through some tough times in my life and I’ll never forget you, Kayla Nagel said.
Kayla also talked about the legacy Sarah’s leaving behind. She said it’s “chase your dreams, don’t let anyone hold you back, and spread kindness everywhere you go,” just as Sarah did. 

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