Girl, 15, is killed in car crash

Amy Lynne Fette dies at the scene, but the two others in the car, her cousins, survive.

Published May 23, 2007

PLANT CITY -- Amy Lynne Fette, 15, loved to catch redfish and snook with her father and grandfather. She was just beginning to notice boys but never turned down an outing on Tampa Bay.

"Many a time she'd catch more than us -- and let us know about it," said David Fette, her grandfather.

The Plant City High School sophomore died Tuesday evening, when her cousin Ashley Fette lost control of a 1996 Dodge, crashed through a guardrail and hit a tree along Thonotosassa Road, authorities said.

Amy, who rode in the passenger seat, died at the scene. Ashley, 20, broke several bones in her face, David Fette said.

Ashley's brother Ryan Fette, 14, was airlifted to Tampa General Hospital with two broken legs and a punctured lung.

He was listed in serious but stable condition late Tuesday.

Though Amy was the youngest of three daughters, her father treated her like a son, her grandfather said. From the time she was a little girl, she wanted to tag along.

"Amy was always his boy. He took her hunting. She loved hunting," said David Fette, who, like Amy's father, is a store manager for U-Haul.

Amy struck her grandfather as a unusually respectful child, one who always said "Yes, sir," or "No, sir."

She wanted to join ROTC at Plant City High School but didn't have transportation.

The crash happened about 6 p.m. near Oak Crest Drive as Ashley, with Ryan in the back seat, drove Amy home to Antioch after a visit to Plant City, where the cousins live.

The three grew up together in east Hillsborough County and were "the best of friends," their grandfather said.

Losing his cousin will hit Ryan hard, he said.

He and Amy grieved together in the fall after their friend, Devin Fontaine, died of an accidental gunshot wound.

Fette also worried for Ashley, who has a toddler son.

"I know that she will blame herself 100 percent," he said. "It's going to take a lot of support from us."

Michael A. Mohammed can be reached at mmohammed@sptimes.com or (813) 226-3404.