A Western High sophomore who was struck by a 100-year-old driver while heading to school has died.
Melani Rivera, 16, died Monday of injuries she suffered Thursday morning. The student, described by friends as a “beautiful soul,” was walking to her bus stop in the 8200 block of Nova Drive when she was struck by a 2007 Jeep Compass SUV driven by Rosamond Preseau, 100.
Presau, who was not cited, according to the Sun Sentinel, has lived in Davie since 1969 and had a clean driving record.
Melani underwent two emergency brain surgeries, but doctors were unable to save her.
On Tuesday, Kristi Crawford, who set up a GoFundMe page on behalf of the Rivera family, posted the update:
“She was surrounded by her family and friends. Heaven has gained an Angel. We Love you Melani. We are still asking for prayers and donations to help her family with this tragic loss,” Crawford wrote. The campaign has raised more than $12,000 toward a $50,000 goal and has been shared nearly 500 times on Facebook.
Family friend Mike Andrews posted on Facebook that Melani’s “beautiful life was ended too soon and her entire extended family is in disbelief. Please take a moment to cherish your loved ones today and let them know how much they mean. You never know when it may be the last time.”
Melani is the third Western High student to lose her life after being struck by a vehicle since the school year began. On Nov. 3, Alicia Cerrato, 15, and her friend, Andrea De Las Salas, 14, were hit by a car while crossing Southwest 136th Avenue on their way to the St. Bonaventure Family Festival near the Davie high school, NBC6 reported.