Teen, 18, who died in waterfall plunge survived car crash

A high school soccer star, who died after plunging over a waterfall, had totaled her car and walked away without a scratch just a week before her death last month. 

Haylei Hughes, 18, was a Las Vegas soccer standout. The teen was driving her car near her college campus when she crashed into a fence while merging on a highway, according to the Las Vegas Review Journal. 

Her sister, Alexis Bisplinghoff, said the athlete felt lucky to have survived the crash.

High school soccer star, Haylei Hughes, 18, who died after plunging over a waterfall in Washington state, had totaled her car and walked away without a scratch just a week before her death on July 26

High school soccer star, Haylei Hughes, 18, who died after plunging over a waterfall in Washington state, had totaled her car and walked away without a scratch just a week before her death on July 26

Wallace Falls is seen in this file photo. Haylei had climbed over an observation deck rail to reach an island at the top of the falls when she apparently slipped and plunged to her death

Wallace Falls is seen in this file photo. Haylei had climbed over an observation deck rail to reach an island at the top of the falls when she apparently slipped and plunged to her death

'She called it a wake-up call,' Haylei's cousin, Allison Rogers, told the newspaper.

Haylei was about to begin her freshman year of college when she died on July 26 from a fatal plunge over a waterfall while hiking with friends.

She disappeared around 7.30pm that Wednesday night in Wallace Falls State Park in Gold Bar, Washington, after climbing over an observation deck rail with two friends.

The three had climbed over the rail to reach an island above the upper falls, and the first two girls had crossed back safely when from behind them, they heard a scream and a splash, and turned to find Haylei gone, investigators said.

Search and rescue teams found only Haylei's shoes and a GoPro stick at the base of the falls at the time before the search had to be called off as darkness fell.

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