Hundreds of purple ribbons in Herriman honor memory of teen hit, killed by car

Posted at 9:01 PM, Nov 02, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-03 12:53:13-04

HERRIMAN, Utah -- Students in Herriman remembered a fellow classmate Wednesday who was hit and killed while crossing a busy street earlier this week.

Andrew Perry-Drisdom, 13, was crossing Main Street around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday when the accident occurred.

On Wednesday, Andrew's classmates at Copper Mountain Middle School tied hundreds of purple ribbons on trees throughout the community. Purple was his favorite color.

"I'd give everything just to see him one more time," said Cade Fox, a friend of Andrew. "He was definitely loved by people, blowing off the prayers of the ribbons into the wind into the world."

His parents said they want people to remember how talented Andrew was. He loved to sing and dance.

"I was telling him like, 'Bro you are going to have a career, and I'm going to make sure that you don't have to work ever again in your life,'" said father Carey Drisdom.

Carey said their family is so grateful for all the ribbons.

"I just love the fact that people are coming out here and showing love and support for our family," said Carey Drisdom.

He said their son always put others first, whether it was volunteering with his church or simply brightening your day.

"He really cared and loved others, that was his main focal point, making sure others were OK," said Anise Perry-Drisdom, Andrew's mother. "If he could put a smile on their face, if he could make them laugh."

The family said Andrew's life may have ended on Main Street, but his spirit will live on through those who knew him.

"Positivity is the key, and just join together as a family to get through this," said Anise Perry-Drisdom.

Some people living in the neighborhood say there needs to be more crosswalks on Main Street. Police said Andrew was not walking in a crosswalk at the time of the accident. Police also said the driver didn't appear to be speeding. They are still investigating but at this time the driver is not facing any charges.

Loved ones have set up GoFundMe pageshereand here to help the family with funeral costs.