(Updated Monday, Nov. 5) Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett plans to attend a vigil for a Germantown teen who was struck and killed by a car during her morning walk to school, county officials announced Monday.
Montgomery County Councilman Craig Rice, who lives in Germantown, also plans to attend.
(Original) A candlelight vigil Monday will honor the life of Christina Morris-Ward, a Seneca Valley High School sophomore who died Wednesday from being hit by a car during her walk to school.
The “Rocking for Tina” vigil was set for 5:30 p.m. on school grounds.
"It's so sad," said Yolanda Blaney, a Germantown mom who is coordinating the vigil on behalf of Christina's family.
Blaney's daughter Kiyla Senior, a sophomore at Northwest High School, was best friends with Christina, who she described as "goofy" and "fun loving."
Christina often stayed over for sleepovers at her home.
Blaney said Christina's family "seemed to be coping" with the loss and that Christina's mother was considering speaking at the vigil.
"We told her we understood if she didn't," Blaney said. "But she said, no. There are some things she wants to say."
According to police, Christina, 15, was in the process of crossing Germantown Road when she was struck by a car travelling north on a green signal.
Police said she died at the hospital. No charges have been filed against the driver.
Montgomery County Police 5th District Cmd. Luther Reynolds is also expected to speak Monday about pedestrian safety.
Blaney has asked that people wishing to share something in Christina’s honor to send an email to Yolanda.firstname.lastname@example.org.