“She loved and loved harder than anybody,” 6-year-old Oklahoma girl dies following tragic accident


THOMAS, Okla. -- The Thomas community is coming together to remember the life of 6-year-old Draylee Fite who was killed in a UTV accident over the weekend.

"You try to be brave as well as be there to support these children," Thomas-Fay-Custer Elementary principal Leesa Brandly said.

Tragedy hits the small town of Thomas as word spreads about the death of little Draylee Fite.

"When it gets to you, when it comes to this point it's very tragic. It pulls at your heart strings," Brandly said.

Draylee was reportedly riding in a UTV on the South Canadian River on Sunday with her parents when she was hit on the head by a submerged log.

Investigators say Draylee's family was riding in the UTV when it hit a log hidden in the water of the Canadian River. The log punctured the rear driver's side floorboard and hit Draylee in head as she was lying on the floorboard.

She later died from her injuries.

"In Draylee's memory we have all come together to wear pink and purple, her favorite colors. We just thought it would be a wonderful tribute to honor her," Brandly said.

That stretches far beyond the Thomas city limits.

"Several communities as well as a few people in Texas have picked up on it and have shared the Facebook post and we have seen, on Facebook, several people wearing the colors of support. Weatherford schools has sent pictures. It's been true compassion," Brandly said.

Draylee is remembered as a ball of light and a passionate child, even dying as an organ donor.

"She was one of those girls that you knew was there, she did everything big. You always knew when Draylee and the Fite's were around," Reverend Jason Williams with First Christian Church said.

"Draylee was fun, she had all kinds of friends, made friends very easily," Brandly said. "She loved and loved harder than anybody I can imagine."