13-year-old girl hit and killed on interstate

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A crash on a rain-soaked interstate has taken the life of a 13-year-old girl.

It happened around 9:30 p.m. Friday on I-64 in Frankfort, near Exit 53.

State police say Alexis Neace was trying to cross the interstate when she was hit and killed.

Family members tell us Neace was a seventh grader at Anderson County Middle School.

"It's just really hard, it doesn't seem real right now," said Kathy Whitehead, Neace's aunt.

Whitehead says Neace was a joy to be around.

"She just loved life," said Whitehead.

Police say Neace was struck by a car when she and her friends crossed the interstate in a heavy rainstorm.

Neace's father had dropped her off earlier in the evening to see a movie, in celebration of her making the cheerleading team at Anderson County Middle School.

"She was supposed to meet some friends and somehow they got over in a subdivision, I don't know why she left," said Whitehead.

It is from that subdivision that area teens will often cross the interstate to get to a nearby Wal-Mart.

"I don't know if she had done it before, " said Whitehead, "kids just don't realize how much danger they're putting themselves in."

Family members visited the scene Saturday where Neace died, and they placed two pink crosses on the side of the road in her memory.

"She was really outgoing and a lot of fun," said Whitehead.

None of the other teens were hit by the car.

The driver was not injured.

A fund to help with the family's funeral expences has been set up at Main Source Bank in Lawrenceburg.

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