Taylor Oberlin, 19, from White Cloud, was pronounced dead at the scene after, deputies say, she ran a stop sign and was hit by a semi.
It happened a little before 5:30 a.m. near Indian Lake Road and Northland Drive in AlgomaTownship. Her family says she was heading home from a friend’s house.
Taylor’s family says its hard to grasp the reality that she is actually gone, but they will never forget her affect on them and her community. Her mom, Bea Oberlin, says everybody loved Taylor, and she had a big heart, always willing to help others. “She would help the neighbors down the road ’cause they’re older people … She wouldn’t take money from them. I mean she was always doing stuff like that.”
Her family says Taylor loved God, her dog, and horses. At just four years old, Taylor got her first horse, and since then her passion grew. She did 4H all her life and even helped train people’s horses locally, a love so strong she had a plan to make something out of it. Taylor wanted to attend Montana Western University to train horses for a living.
Her mom says she prays no parent ever has to deal with something like this.
“I hope nobody ever has to go through this, ’cause there is just a hole that is never ever going to refilled. I just keep wanting her to come back home.”