GUTHRIE, Okla. - It was a tragic end to what was supposed to be a fun ride in Guthrie on Sunday afternoon.
Essence Lewis took two friends and her 2-year-old cousin for a drive in her new car. For some unknown reason, Lewis veered off Highway 77 and hit a guard rail, sending the vehicle tumbling into a ravine.
Everyone else was taken to the hospital, but Essence died at the scene.
Dawn Lewis saw the emergency vehicles pass her while out at the store, but never imagined it was headed to an accident involving her daughter.
"'Essence took them for a ride.' And I go, 'What?' That's when I realized my daughter wasn't home, and I knew immediately that it was her," Dawn said.
A proud mother of six, Dawn remembers how loving her daughter was and how she was always helping others.
"She was amazing. All she did was build people up, " Dawn said.
Essence just graduated from Guthrie High School and was in her freshman year at Langston University. Already, she had so many friends.
"You do unto others as you would have done unto you and my 'sis didn't get back half of what she gave to people because she gave so much of herself to everybody," Dawn said.
Dawn hopes everyone will remember the impact her daughter had on all those around her as a softball player, swimmer and gymnast.
Even the dancers at Langston created a tribute for Essence.
"Everyone at Langston just embraced her," Dawn said.
Dawn is planning to hold her funeral at the university to make sure there is enough room for everyone who wants to attend.
“Birds of a feather flock together. I mean, the community is like that and I know it's going to be big," Dawn said.
No funeral details have been announced.
According to records, all passengers have been treated and released.
The accident is still under investigation.