LAYTON (ABC4 Utah News) – Friends and relatives gathered to light candles Monday evening in memory of BaiLee DiBernardo, the 17 year old Layton High School student who was stuck and killed in a crosswalk on her way to school Monday morning.
According to Layton Police DiBernardo and another Layton High student, 17 year old Eric Baarz, were crossing Fort Lane at Lindsay Street (200 North) when they were struck by a truck, then a car at 7:24 a.m.
Baarz survived but DiBernardo did not. On Monday evening around 300 of her friends came to the accident scene to share hugs and memories. They said that BaiLee served as a manager for the Lancers wrestling team, a peer counselor for special needs students and an enthusiastic, friend for almost everyone she met.
“She was just that type of girl who would listen to whatever you had to talk about and she would never like judge,” her friend Dallas Mason said. “She’d always have a smile on her face.”
Janie Kaminske said she was a peer counselor along with BaiLee.
“She was always there for anyone that needed it,” Kaminske said. “Even if she was having a bad day she would care, she would always be there for someone to make sure they were OK and smiling.”
BaiLee’s father, Troy Horne, commented on what the large turnout on a frigid January evening said about his daughter.
“Just how beautiful a person she really is, through and through in every aspect,” Horne said. “Truly just a beautiful person.”
21 year old Tre Murphy addressed the crowd and said a prayer. He said BaiLee was his “best friend”.
“She actually saved my life because I tried to commit suicide a couple months back and she took the razor from my hand and held me until it stopped bleeding and we’ve always had a close connection since then,” Murphy said. “I wish I could be the reason that she’s here today too. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to.”
Baarz remained in the hospital Monday evening in serious condition.
Layton Police say the accident remains under investigation and so far there is no word on possible charges for either of the drivers involved.