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Victims' families remember the two Kansas women killed in Oklahoma crash

Published: Apr. 5, 2017 at 12:44 PM CDT
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Two young Kansas women are killed in a crash on their way home from a concert in Tulsa early Wednesday morning.

20-year-old Laura Ratley, and 21-year-old Becky Fulcher were in a van with two others, when they veered off the road, and crashed into a semi-truck parked on the side of the highway.

"She was an awesome awesome kid. She was a daddy's girl for sure," said Bob Ratley, Laura's dad.

Describing both the girls, too soon requires the word "was."

"She was full of adventures," said Alexus Sandoval, Laura's best friend. "She was my support."

Ryan Fulcher is 21-year-old Becky Fulcher's brother. He was driving the van when it crashed.

"She was just real outgoing. We were really close," Ryan said.

He says Becky had muscular dystrophy and needed a wheel chair, but that didn't stop her from doing anything.

"It didn't faze her one bit," Ryan said. "She was going to do all sorts of cool stuff."

Ryan, Becky, Laura, and Laura's sister Leah, were all at a Panic! At the Disco concert Tuesday night.

"She was losing it last night," Ryan said.

"She was super, super excited," Bob said.

Laura was studying at WSU but transferred to Hutchinson Community College to be closer to home and was about to complete the program to become an EMT.

Becky was a sophomore at Wichita State, studying communications and graphic design. She was also involved with the muscular dystrophy association, and was headed to DC this summer as an ambassador for the group.

Both girls loved going to concerts.

Ryan was driving them all home Wednesday.

"I think I was just more tired than I thought I was. One second I was awake and the next second I was waking up to a semi," Ryan said.

The crash happened around 1:40 am. Becky and Laura, didn't survive.

"When Lean came to ,she thought she was underwater is what she said. She had a bunch of blood and glass all in her hair," Bob said.

There's no task harder than a parent burying a child.

"She was just, full of life. You know? It's just hard to believe," Bob said.

But he finds some comfort in the circumstances.

"That Panic! At the Disco, I know when she passed, she had the time of her life last night," he said.

"She was probably unconscious when she passed," Bob said. "Yeah that brings a little peace to me."

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Two women from Kansas are dead, two others hurt after a crash in Oklahoma early Wednesday. According the father of two of the people involved, the four were headed back from a concert in Oklahoma when they crashed.

Oklahoma authorities say all four were in a minivan on the Cimarron Turnpike which veered off the road and crashed into a semi that was parked along the side of the highway.

21-year-old Rebecca Fulcher and 20-year-old Laura Beth Ratley of S. Hutchinson were killed.

The driver of the vehicle, 22-year-old Ryan Fulcher and a passenger, 24-year-old Leah Marie Ratley, were taken to the hospital with serious injuries.

Bob Ratley, father of Laura and Leah, tells Eyewitness News the four had gone to see the band "Panic! At the Disco" in Oklahoma, and were returning home.

He says Laura texted that they were headed home at around 11:00 Tuesday.

He says Laura loved the group and was so excited to see them perform. He posted a message on the band's Facebook page thanking them for giving his daughter a great memory before she passed.

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Ratley says Leah is now out of the hospital.

The driver of the semi, a 26-year-old man from Arizona, was not hurt.

Police are investigating why the minivan went off the road.