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Abigail Melisko Dies From Injuries Sustained After Being Hit by Car While Walking to School

Chase W. Rasmussen

April 7, 2016

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Peoria, Arizona—Abigail Melisko, age 16, died on Wednesday from injuries she suffered on March 1st when she was hit by a car. Abigail, a student at Sunrise Mountain High School, was walking to school and in a crosswalk with a walk signal at the intersection of 87th Avenue and Lake Pleasant Parkway in Peoria when she was hit by a driver who reportedly ran a red light.

Abigail was taken to a local hospital where she was on life support for more than a month. After life support measures were ended, she was transferred to hospice.

Several days before her death, more than 40 of Abigail's friends and classmates held a candlelight vigil on a hill overlooking Christ's Church of the Valley. Friends described her as having a "bubbly" personality and always joking around. Her friends organized a car wash to raise money for Abigail's family and have taken to Twitter using the hashtag #AbbyIsForever to show their support. A GoFundMe page has received more than $22,000 in donations to assist with medical bills and other expenses.

The driver of the vehicle may face charges in connection with the accident. A person who runs a red light and causes a death or serious injury can be charged with a class 3 misdemeanor.

We offer our deepest condolences to Abigail's family and friends as they cope with this unimaginable loss.

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