A 14-year-old girl from Euless was killed on Thanksgiving night as she was headed home from visiting her grandparents in the Lake Worth area, according to her stepfather, 53-year-old Gaines Johnson.
Johnson said Rhyan Moody was riding in the backseat of her grandparents car when a driver in another vehicle ran a red light and hit the vehicle she was traveling in.
"She was coming home from dinner with her grandmother and grandfather in Fort Worth," said Johnson. "The driver was going 68 (miles per hour) in a 40 and T-boned their car," said Johnson.
Moody died from injuries she sustained in a car accident, according to the Tarrant County Medical Examiner's Office.
The medical examiner's office reported that Moody died at 8:39 p.m. on Thursday from injuries sustained in a motor vehicle collision where she was a passenger in one of the vehicles involved.
The report states that the accident occurred in the 5900 block of Azle Avenue near the eastbound intersection of Interstate 820. The medical examiner report stated that Moody died after suffering blunt force head trauma during the crash.
The Lake Worth Police Department has not released an official report on the crash at this time.
Johnson said that Moody, who was a freshman and cheerleader at Colleyville Heritage High School, had her whole life ahead of her.
"She was truly an outstanding young woman. She was the nicest, most kind-hearted person to her family, friends and anyone who needed help," said Johnson. "This wasn't an accident. It was just a senseless, reckless and selfish act (by the other driver)."
On Saturday night, a vigil was held for family and friends of Moody at Compass Church located at 2600 Hall Johnson Road in Colleyville.
Johnson said he hoped having a vigil two days after her passing would help her family and friends begin the healing process.
"We had almost 1,000 people turn out for the vigil," said Johnson. "We just wanted to help her friends and others parents (at the high school and cheerleading team) who may have been wondering what happened get some closure. It will take some time to heal, but for us as a family we'll never get over it. There will always be a hole."
Friends of Moody shared the same sentiment on social media. Salina Friend, a friend of Moody, shared a heartfelt message regarding Moody's passing on social media, saying, "One of Jocelyn's best friends perished in a car accident on Thanksgiving night. The driver was drunk and ran a red light. We are devasted, heartbroken, and cannot fathom the pain her family is feeling. Please keep the Moody/Penrod family in your prayers. Please pray for our community, the CHHS students, and for our family. Rhyan was like a daughter to me."
In light of her abrupt passing, the Colleyville Heritage High School principal, Dr. Lance Groppel, released this statement via email:
"Panthers, It is with an incredibly heavy heart that I am sending you this email. Late Thursday evening, one of our students was involved in a car accident and lost her life. I spoke with a family member who wanted me to share that the accident was caused by a drunk driver. Out of respect for the family, we will not be sharing any additional information at this time; however we will continue to work with the family to offer our support moving forward. This is something that can be difficult for young people to process, so please take the time to talk with your student about this tragedy. This also provides us all an unfortunate opportunity to remind our youth about the consequences of drinking and driving and the devastation it can cause. We will have counselors available in library to speak with anyone in need of assistance on Monday. As one parent to another, please take this opportunity to hug your children a little tighter. I know I certainly will."
Johnson said that on Tuesday, a service will be held for Moody at Greenwood Funeral Homes and Cremation located at 3100 White Settlement Road in Fort Worth at 11 a.m.
Her funeral will be held at the Compass Church in Colleyville at 5 p.m.
Johnson also added that his family will work with the Colleyville Heritage High School to establish a non-profit organization and scholarship fund for future students in Moody's honor.