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Fatal Crash Victims Remembered At Crash Site

February 17, 2014, 9:55 PM by Jared Ransom

Fatal Crash Victims Remembered At Crash Site

The people who visited the site of a weekend fatal crash wanted to be sure that both Raphie Phan and Amanda Doty are known for who they really were and not just victims of a crash.

"Having a really tough time coping and it's very hard to keep our composure out here," Tate Griebel said.

Tears flowed freely as friends of Phan and Doty paid their respects at the spot where they lost their lives. Early Sunday morning, Phan lost control of his car west of Sioux Falls. The car crossed over the median, flipped and ejected both from the car. They died at the scene. 

The news of what happened spread quickly.

"I just kind of started bawling and I just kept asking everybody what was going on and what happened," Lerista Dooley said.

Dooley describes Phan as enthusiastic, very outgoing and the life of any party. She met Doty through dance, and remembers battling over the color of tights they wanted to wear.

"She wanted my color, but she was in a pink one. So, I just remember her throwing a fit about it, kind of, at dance," Dooley said.

Dooley placed those tights at the memorial, saying they were now hers.

Tate Griebel met Doty almost two years ago during a rough time in his life. He found out about the crash online.

"I looked and I saw it on there and I broke down immediately and I headed straight to her Grandpa and her father's house," Griebel said.

Griebel also created the memorial at the crash site, and recalls when he turned 21, a night he didn't think he'd spend with Doty.

"Right at the stroke of midnight, she comes walking in with a big 'ol smile on her face, and I saw those big, brown eyes of hers and I was just, I just couldn't even explain how good it felt to see her," Griebel said.

Everyone is still in a state of shock, but they know these two will be remembered forever.

"It makes me happy seeing that they have all the support that they do. It just goes to show that everybody has people that love and care about them," Griebel said.

Why Phan lost control of his car is still unknown.

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