NORTH CHARLESTON (WCSC) - Franklin Simmons says he will be looking at his granddaughter everyday to remind him of the 19-year-old daughter he lost in a tragic accident Tuesday night.
"I love my daughter. Sometimes we would have fights. But, she always says,'Daddy, I love you,'" Simmons said.
The coroner's office says Paulesha Polite was killed after a wreck on Rivers Avenue in front of Trident Technical College on Rivers Avenue.
North Charleston Police say a pickup driver ran into the back of Polite's disabled moped just after 11 p.m.
"It was so traumatic. Words can't express," said Gerald Simmons, Paulesha's cousin.
"I couldn't believe it, I still can't believe it," said Mattie Washington, Paulesha's foster mother.
Paulesha's family said that the 19-year-old had just graduated high school and was planning to attend college for a nursing degree when her life was cut short. She leaves behind a 4-year-old daughter, Breanna.
"[Paulesha] was very smart. She was about to go to college and she worked everyday," Franklin Simmons said. "I don't know how I'm going to deal with it, but I've got a granddaughter here I can look at."
"I'll remember my cousin Paulesha for her marvelous smile," Gerald Simmons said. "I'm really going to miss her kind heart, her caring attitude and how the way she treated people."
Police are continuing to investigate the crash. So far no charges have been filed.