Mother of Maple Valley teen killed in crash in ‘shock’

VIDEO: Mother of Maple Valley teen killed in crash in ‘shock’

COVINGTON, Wash. — The mother of a 15-year-old killed in a fatal crash said her heart is heavy tonight.

Alexsia Haars was one of seven teenagers involved in the two -car crash.

The tragic crash leaves a dark cloud over Tahoma High School.

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Her mother, Krysia Haars, wanted to talk about her daughter at this difficult time for the family.

"Taking it hour by hour, lots of emotions," said Krysia Haars. "Lots of still thinking, a lot of shock. And hard to kind of wake up, and there's that moment of 'Wow, my world has changed.' "

Her daughter, 15-year-old Alexsia Haars, was a passenger in the car driven by her 17-year-old friend on Saturday night.

The teenager behind the wheel had been driving recklessly, the King County sheriff's deputies told KIRO 7, when he crossed Southeast Covington-Sawyer Road and struck a vehicle loaded with other teens.

His vehicle hit the other car on the side Alexsia Haars was sitting. She died at the scene.

Two 17-year-olds in the other vehicle were badly hurt.

One of the teens' condition improved, and he is being moved from intensive care to acute care.

They, along with Alexsia Haars, are students at Tahoma High School.

"Saturday was a very happy day for her, and one of the boys was her boyfriend," said Krysia Haars. "So she was very happy to be out with him, have her first boyfriend."

Her mother said Alexsia Haars loved to dance. And she was good at it.

Alexsia Haars was a special needs teenager, but she embraced that and hoped to go to college one day.

As for the teenager accused in her death, Krysia Haars said he and all of the teenagers involved have to live with this tragedy for the rest of their lives.

And that is punishment enough.