ALOHA, Ore. – Kylie Hornych's parents are remembering her as "nothing but pure love" after she was struck by a car and killed in front of her Aloha home Thursday.
The 11-year-old girl was playing in her yard, near Southwest 160th Avenue and Farmington Road, when a Prius left the roadway and hit her before crashing into her house. She died on the way to the hospital.
"She was just waiting to go to the science fair and this car came out of nowhere," her father Daniel Hornych said. "I don't understand."
"I can't even put into words the type of child she was, other than the most caring, loving girl you would ever meet," said her mother Kellie Hornych. "If anyone had a problem, or was upset, she was the first one by their side. Just an angel."
A vigil was growing outside her home Friday afternoon. The fifth-grader's death was a huge loss for family, friends and classmates at Chehalem Elementary School.
"For many of these students, they've never lost a classmate or a young person their age, or near their age," said Beaverton School District spokeswomen Maureen Wheeler. "We will want to be just available for them and support them. It is a tragedy and our hearts are out to the family."
Investigators had yet to figure out exactly what caused the crash. Kylie's parents are still trying to figure out how to heal the family.
"She was nothing but pure love. She never had a bad day in her life," Daniel said. "Life can change in one second. love your kids. Don't waste even one moment in your life."
KGW reporters Katherine Cook and Ashley Korslien contributed to this report.