7-year-old girl killed by out-of-control truck remembered



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Posted on August 7, 2012 at 11:41 PM

LAKE WORTH - Friends, family and perfect strangers gathered for a vigil Tuesday night to honor seven-year-old Savannah Deegear. She was killed Saturday after being hit by an out-of-control truck in a Lake Worth shopping center parking lot.

"I feel blue, and don't know what to do," said family friend Lisa Morti, as she read a poem written by a schoolmate of Savannah's to the crowd. "I have to cry, so I'm gonna try. I miss you. I hope you miss me, too. I wish you were on Earth. Thank God he gave you birth."

"[The schoolmate] did not have the privilidge of knowing [Savannah,] however she wrote it and brought it to the home and wanted the family to have it," Morti said.

They were words she thought might help comfort a family enduring the sudden and tragic death of a little girl who managed to touch many lives in her short seven years.

"All of us here tonight have conflicting emotions and questions," said Tarrant County chaplain David Barrett. "Maybe some anger."

Vincent Martinez, 82 was behind the wheel of the truck. It's still unclear what caused him to speed through the shopping center parking lot out of control. Family members suspect his diabetes may have played a role.

A 25-year-old woman is still in critical condition and nine-year-old girl is still in the hospital following the accident.

Investigators are awaiting test results to determine if charges will be filed against Martinez.

Barrett led the prayer among more than 100 people who gathered in the same parking lot where Savannah and five other people were hit. The group lit candles and released purple balloons into the air.

"[We hope this helps bring some closure] for the family and the community," Morti said.

Purple balloons floated into the evening sky. A place, they say, is now closer to Savannah's heart.

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