Hundreds attend vigil for teen girl killed in car crash in Provo

Posted at 9:15 PM, Apr 16, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-16 23:15:19-04

PLEASANT GROVE, Utah -- An estimated 200 people attended a vigil at Pleasant Grove High School Saturday night to honor the memory of a teen girl killed in a car crash in Provo.

River Ackley via GoFundMeFamily members confirmed to FOX 13 News that 16-year-old River Ackley was the teen killed in a crash in Provo Friday night at Center Street and the I-15 on-ramp.

"It doesn't matter if you were friends with her or not, it hits you hard," said Maleah Johnson. "And, everybody just needs somebody to be there. And, as a school, we just felt that we needed to come together and be there for her family, and for everybody who is upset about it and who lost a friend."

Ackley was in an SUV with several other people when a driver in a truck stopped at a red light apparently thought the light turned green and drove into the intersection, striking the SUV.The crash occurred at about 10:20 p.m., and police said the driver told them he was working with a GPS device when the crash occurred.

The other parties in the vehicle suffered moderate injuries.

Supporters have created a GoFundMe account called “River Ackley ‘Gone too Soon’ Fund” to help the family with expenses in the wake of the death.

The crash is still under investigation, and it is not clear if any charges will be filed against the driver of the truck.