Friends remember Wichita teen killed when car went into Arkansas River

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WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH/AP) — Friends shared their memories of the Wichita teenager who was killed when he car tumbled into the Arkansas River over the weekend.

The Kansas Highway Patrol says the body of the driver, Lexus Lemuz, was found Sunday. Investigators say she was traveling east on Kansas 96 when she went off the roadway for an unknown reason, struck a guardrail and continued east into a ditch.

The patrol says her car then vaulted over an embankment, struck a fence post and came to a stop in the river. Nobody else was in the car.

Two of her best friends told 13 NEWS' sister-station KWCH about the pain of losing her.

"I was the second person to find out actually. I said this is not real, not happening right now," says Braedyn Rollins.

Rollins remembers the last conversation she had with Lexus, when she sent her a text Tuesday telling her she missed her.

"She texted back a few minutes later, and she said hi I miss you more. That's the last thing we said," Rollins recalled.

It's a message she'll never forget.

"Honestly I think that's probably a good thing to end on. I probably would have texted her back and said i love you, but i just kind of left it at that."

Ayleigh Henderson says Lexus became her best friend in sixth grade.

"She is the most outgoing person I've ever met in my life. you can put her in a room with anyone in the world, and they'll become best friends in ten minutes. she's never scared to talk to anyone. she speaks her mind. she was just a very good person," says Henderson.

She's thankful for the memories but says she's sad she won't see her best friend again.

"Talking to her everyday, her being there for everything for me, coming home from college and her being the only thing I'm excited to see," she said. "It's going to be different."

Troopers say they do not know if drugs or alcohol were involved. KHP says she was not wearing a seat belt.