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Family remembers daughter killed in Friday crash

By KTVA Alaska 6:36 PM May 11, 2014
ANCHORAGE –

All Kabao Vue wants is to hold her daughter Ashley this Mother’s Day, but that won’t happen.

“The only thing I have is my baby’s picture,” Vue said, clutching the last photo taken of Ashley Xiong.

Ashley, 5, was the youngest of nine kids. She and her sister Lee were riding their bikes though the Dimond Estates Mobile Home Park on Friday evening when an SUV claimed Ashley’s life.

“We heard her scream and then a big bang and just saw her laying on the ground,” Lee said.

No charges have been filed against driver Her Thao and the investigation is ongoing.

Witnesses said they believe excessive speed was a contributing factor.

“I think she was driving like either 30 miles per hour or 25, that’s what I’m guessing,” witness T. Aumua said at the scene of the crash Friday. “You could hear the tire when she turned.”

The speed limit at the mobile home park is 20 mph, which community members say is still too fast.

“It’s ridiculous and people need to slow down. It’s summer, it’s springtime, the kids are getting out,” said longtime park resident Natasha Spychalski.  ”I just pray that [the Xiongs] get rest and they get peace.”

As a makeshift memorial marks the site where Ashley lost her life, her family is left to lean on each other and the community to move forward.

“Just say your prayers out to her,” Lee said.

Ashley was the youngest of nine kids. The oldest is only 17 and her father is on unemployment.

 

 

The Xiong family is asking for help with funeral expenses.

They have an account set up at Wells Fargo Bank. If you’d like to contribute, head to Wells Fargo and make a deposit into account number 1081749614.

Ashley’s funeral will be held on Sunday, May 18.

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