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PERRY, Utah (ABC4 Utah) The family of a Utah teenager who was hit and killed in an auto-pedestrian crash released a statement Monday.

Alexis Nelson, 16, and a 14-year-old friend were hit by a truck on Highway 89 near 3500 South in Perry Sunday night. Nelson died due to her injuries Monday. The other girl remains in critical condition. 

“She will be deeply missed by her family and friends and has left a mark on her neighborhood and community in her short 16-year life,” a statement read.

Nelson was a junior at Box Elder High School who volunteered with the special needs students at school.  She would also lend a hand at the local animal shelter in Brigham City.
 

She is described by many who knew her well as: “Sweet and Kind and had a smile that would brighten your day.” 

In honor of her life many neighbors and friends are tying pink ribbons to the trees and mailboxes in her neighborhood and will be wearing pink. Her family says pink was her favorite color.

Her family shared a recent post from Alexis on social media. It read:

“I love to make someone smile any chance that I get because I love spreading positivity throughout life.”

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