Ashlyn Treadway: Courageous Survivor of Molestation, Killed in Car Wreck

Ashlyn Treadway, 23, who was scorned by her paternal grandfather, a Pentecostal pastor, and many in her Beaumont church after she accused her uncle of molesting her, was killed in a single-car accident in Liberty County Saturday night. Her younger sister, Brea, a passenger in the car, is recovering from a broken pelvis and arm.

Treadway appears to have lost control of the car about a quarter-mile from her maternal grandparents' Moss Hill home, where she and Brea lived. According to YourClevelandNews, Ashlyn died at the scene.

The sisters' ordeal was the subject of a 2007 feature story we did entitled "Sleepovers with Uncle Jeff" that detailed how they were molested by their uncle, Beaumont cardiologist Jeffrey Klem, and ostracized by their grandfather, Pastor Lonnie Charles "Buck" Treadway of New Life Tabernacle. According to friends and family, Buck Treadway called his granddaughters liars and whores after they spoke up about their abuse. (Ashlyn's younger stepsister was also allegedly abused, as was a friend of theirs.)

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Contributor Craig Malisow covers crooks, quacks, animal abusers, elected officials, and other assorted people for the Houston Press.
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