• Butler County dad selling gift Jeep to bury daughter, 15


    WEST SUNBURY, Pa. - A father who lost his daughter in a Butler County crash last week said he has to sell her car to pay for funeral expenses.

    Alexis McKinney died in a crash on Thompson Town Road Wednesday night.

    "All my hopes and dreams were in her," David McKinney told WPXI reporter Brandon Hudson. "I just wanted her to go to college."

    Investigators said the 15-year-old was killed when the driver, Bryant Butler, 17, lost control of a Chevy Blazer he was driving.  Police said the two teenagers weren't wearing seatbelts and drugs and alcohol may have been a factor.

    David McKinney said his daughter's sixteenth birthday was just a few days away and he was planning on giving her a Jeep for her birthday.  McKinney said he now has to sell the Jeep so he can afford the funeral expenses.

    "I would never in my wildest dreams ever believe that I would be doing this,"McKinney said.

    McKinney told Hudson the last few days have been painful and he still sleeps in her room just so he can feel close with her.

    "The night that she passed, it was like I passed with her," McKinney said. "My life will never be the same without Alexis."

    A family friend donated a plot of land to McKinney so he could bury her,
    but he needs to sell the Jeep to pay the other expenses.

    McKinney said his friend's kind gesture is a sign of the incredible impact his daughter had on others.

    Counselors will be on hand at Knoch High School for grieving students Monday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    Contributions can be made to Young Funeral Home, P.O. Box 1522, Butler, PA 16003, to help with funeral expenses.

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