Valley students honor Sandra Day O'Connor Freshman killed in car wreckPosted: Updated:
Sandra Day O'Connor Freshman, 15-year-old Alexa Flores, was critically injured in a car wreck on her way to school Wednesday. She remained on life support before passing away Thursday morning.
Peoria Police say it appears the car she was riding in may have run a stop sign, and was hit by an oncoming truck.
A ride friends say she normally doesn't take.
"Alexa usually doesn't go with us, her ride was running late," said Hayden Cook, one of Alexa’s friends.
Each morning, Cook usually meets the other girls Alexa was riding with at their parking spot near the high school.
That day, things went much differently.
"I heard that there was a crash, none of them were answering their phone, and I kind of put it together."
A series of events too big for him to chalk up to coincidence.
"I think that god needed her back up for all that to happen perfectly within a five-second window. There's obviously bigger powers at work here," said Cook.
As word of her passing spread, so did the message 'wear blue for Alexa.' It was an idea started by her classmates at Sandra Day O’Connor high school, where Flores was a student.
Participation was high, with students posting photos on social media using the hashtag #ForAlexa.
Other high schools within the Deer Valley School District joined in to show their support as well.
The effort even spread across state lines, with students around the country wearing Alexa's school colors.
Still wearing the color blue, students filled the LDS Church on Pinnacle Peak Rd. Thursday evening to honor the teen, remembered for her positive attitude and infectious personality.
"She was the most kind-hearted girl that I knew, she was sweet genuine. Her smile was beautiful. I don't think I ever heard her say anything bad about anybody,” said Flores’ friend Dawson Field.
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