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Family remembers Pasco teen killed in crash

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NEW PORT RICHEY, FL (WFLA) -

The family of one of two teens killed in a traffic crash in New Port Richey gathered for a tearful press conference on Wednesday.

Tim Little, a Pasco County detention deputy, and Christine Gilmore addressed the media at Dobies Funeral Home.  They are the parents of Courtney Little, 17, who died Tuesday after losing control of her car on Moon Lake Road. 

A pickup truck driven by 53-year-old James William Butz hit the car on the passenger side when Little's car veered into the truck's path.  Butz and his passenger, 49-year-old Judith Ann Stein, were taken to a hospital for treatment.

Little and her passenger, 16-year-old Kimberlee Markou, died at the scene.

Tim Little described what happened as an accident, with no one to blame. He says his daughter was "too smart" to be texting and driving.

Troopers say they don't know why Little lost control of the vehicle.

Both Little and Gilmore spoke about their daughter's academic drive.

"She was gonna be a senior at River Ridge High School," said Little.  "To say that she was beautiful and intelligent is an understatement."

Gilmore recalled that Courtney took the SATs multiple times to try to get the highest score possible.

"She was the child every parent wished they had... and now she's gone," Gilmore said.

Both mother and father were extremely emotional, breaking into tears while speaking.  Little's family also expressed sympathy for the family of Kimberlee Markou.

Florida Highway Patrol troopers say both girls were wearing their seatbelts.

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