“She was an amazing young lady,” Karen Johnson said.
Described by many as a vibrant, passionate, young woman – Brooklyn Runion was a familiar face.
“Everybody loved her so much,” Hannah McKinney, Brooklyn’s best friend said.
Brooklyn, a junior at Shady Spring High School, was active, playing both basketball and soccer. She was also involved in her church.
“My wife is the childrens director and anytime she needed a fill in teacher, Brooklyn was her go to,” Jordan Legg, Runion’s youth pastor said.
For any 16 year old, the thrill of having a drivers license is an exciting.
“The last words we said to each other was I love you,” Johnson said.
But positive thoughts would turn into panic.
“Well your daughter has been in a wreck,” Johnson said, “she’s not, she’s responsive, she may have broke her legs, can you meet us at the hospital?”
On August 25th, 2016, witnesses say Brooklyn’s car hit the median, which then caused her to hit the bridge, flinging her into the sidewall causing her car to roll off the road. Brooklyn had to be air lifted to Charleston Area Medical Center.
“We were just thanking God she was alive and those last five days were pure they were honestly just a living hell you would go from one high to hitting the Grand Canyon low,” Johnson said.
Almost a week later, Heaven would gain a new Angel.
“It was just so peaceful knowing that God took her when he needed to because of that he knew that she wouldn’t be like enjoying life,” Johnson said.
On Sunday, Friends and family gathered to say see you later, instead of goodbye, to Brooklyn one last time. The outpouring of people is what’s helping her mother, friends, and even the strangers she didn’t know cope.
“It’s helping me through this process knowing that people loved her and people are here for us to help us heal with it and get through this process,” Johnson said.