Delicia Johnson was standing right outside her home. So close.
Her mother was dropping off the F.L. Schlagle High School junior at her father's house on Saturday night when everything her family fears about an unsafe stretch of a Kansas City, Kan., road crested the hill.
A car that police say was traveling too fast, with a teenager at the wheel, descended on the mother and her 17-year-old daughter and their pickup truck.
"She made it home," Delicia's great-aunt Anna Kennybrew-Robinson said. "But she never made it inside."
The occupants inside both the vehicles suffered injuries, not life-threatening — but Delicia was killed.
Now her family gathers up memories of a graceful praise dancer, a soft-spoken teen who was loved at her school — a determined student who was accumulating college credits in high school to propel her into college and a nursing degree.
"She didn't get a chance," said her great-grandfather, the Rev. Charles Kennybrew, the retired pastor of Antioch Missionary Baptist Church, where Delicia danced and sang in the choir.
"We'll never know what she could have been," he said. "That's what hurts."
The crash was still under investigation Thursday, but police confirmed some details of what investigators know so far.
The pickup truck that delivered Delicia was stopped part way into the driveway of the home on the east side of North 67th Street at the corner of Georgia Avenue about 7:45 p.m.
A northbound car on the two-lane road struck the pickup and Delicia. The driver was a juvenile, police said, and speed was a factor. The driver remained at the scene.
The speed limit on North 67th Street is 30 mph as it heads north from Parallel Parkway. Vehicles traveling the road pass by many residential driveways, Hazel Grove Elementary School and Bethel Free Will Baptist Church.
The road has no shoulders and rises and falls over small hills, creating some visibility problems.
Cars frequently are driven too fast on the road, family said.
"We got a school up the street, churches (and) very few sidewalks," Kennybrew said. "We do see cars speeding ... up and down the street."
The family wants people to think of Delicia and slow down before someone else is hurt. Delicia's grandmother, Jaunice Williams, said she wants the city to consider other ways to slow drivers down, especially around the elementary school just south of their house.
"I'd like to see speed bumps," she said.
A spokesman for the Kansas City, Kan., Public Schools said the Schlagle High School community is struggling over Delicia's death.
Her family has been reading their social media posts, sharing how shocked everyone is over the loss of "our baby," Kennybrew said.
Their church family is also embracing the family, he said.
"If there would be any joy, any consolation," he said, "it would be she is with the Lord now."
Family and friends will be hosting a community vigil for Delicia at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Bethel Free Will Baptist Church, 2719 N. 67th St., in Kansas City, Kan.
They will be preaching "driver awareness," Kennybrew-Robinson said. "We don't know what happened (in the fatal crash), but we're saying be aware behind that wheel. Eliminate any distraction that can cause a tragedy like this.
"We've got to be able to start the healing process," she said, "and remember Delicia."