Former Fruitport woman dies in crash near her Maryland home

Becky Vargo • Jun 29, 2016 at 6:05 PM

Candy Morton described her sister, Amy Morton Kahl, as an extremely caring individual. 

Kahl, 41, formerly of Fruitport, died Monday in a one-car crash on a private road close to her home in Street, Md.

Morton recalled a time when she was sick with a cold. She told her sister that she wished she could have some of Kahl’s chicken noodle soup.

“So she made her homemade chicken soup and shipped it to me in Michigan from Maryland,” Morton said. “Amy was a giver. She gave above and beyond herself.”

Police said Kahl was not wearing a seat belt when she crashed early Monday morning. The police report said her car left the road and smashed into a tree.

Speed and alcohol may have been a factor in the crash, according to the Harford County (Maryland) Sheriff’s Office. Those factors will not be officially determined until toxicology results are completed, which could be up to six months from now, officials said.

Candy Morton said her sister was on her way to a neighbor’s house at the time of the crash, thought to be about 4 a.m. Monday, according to the sheriff’s department. Morton did not know why her sister was going to the neighbor’s house, but said she wasn’t surprised that Kahl wasn’t wearing a seat belt, considering the road was more like a long driveway.

Kahl’s 2010 Chevrolet Tahoe was discovered by an area resident at about 6:30 a.m. Monday, according to a report on The Baltimore Sun’s website. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Morton said her sister was known to be the helper for everyone in her neighborhood, and it wouldn’t surprise her if Kahl received a call early in the morning to help a neighbor.

Kahl, the daughter of Tony and Linda Morton, attended Fruitport schools. She married and moved to the East Coast about 15 years ago, according to her uncle, Steve Hilliard of Ravenna.

“My nickname for her was ‘the Little Arapaho,’” Hilliard said. “She was my little Indian girl with her dark black hair and love of the outdoors.”

Hilliard said his niece and her husband, Pete, raised exotic snakes. “That was their livelihood,” he said.

Morton said: “Her kids were her life. She loved her kids, her husband and her family.”

“It’s just horrifying what happened,” Hilliard added. “She will be sadly missed.”

Morton said her sister was her best friend.

“We have matching tattoos that say ‘sisters,’” she said.

Morton said her sister was outspoken and always said what was on her mind. At the same time, she was always thinking of others, sending them cards, trinkets and homemade things.

“She was extremely sentimental,” Morton said. “And she’s one of the hardest workers I’ve ever seen.”

Morton said Kahl loved animals and nature. Morton also said one of the neighbors told her that her sister had “the most beautiful soul” she had ever known.

“She would build other people up,” Morton said. “She would tell them, ‘Don’t give up, be strong, you can do this.’”

Morton said their mother suffered a heart attack after learning about her daughter’s death. Linda Morton was still in the hospital Wednesday afternoon, but Morton said they hoped she would be released Thursday or Friday.

Hilliard said the initial plans are to have Kahl cremated, and then her family would bring her home. A memorial service is pending, he said.

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