Fellow students are wearing orange to honor a Vineland, N.J. teenager killed on her way to school Wednesday. 14-year-old Alexa Strittmatter was struck twice as she crossed the street on her walk to the school bus stop.
According to The Daily Journal, Strittmatter's friends have also started a Twitter campaign to get Alexa's favorite band, One Direction, to acknowledge her death with the hashtag #1DforAlexa.
Shellby Watts couldn't hold back her tears as she spoke on the loss of her friend.
"She was such a beautiful girl," Watts said. "She shouldn't have been taken away like that."
Strittmatter was crossing Main Road near Elmer Road in Vineland, Cumberland County, N.J. around 6:50 a.m. when she was hit by a 2003 Chevy Impala traveling northbound, Vineland Police said.
The teen was then hit by a second car, a 2005 Toyota Camry, traveling southbound along Main Road. Police say both vehicles stopped at the scene.
Strittmatter was rushed to Inspira Medical Center where she died of her injuries, police said.
Neither driver has been charged. Police took their blood samples and impounded their cars.
"It's very important for us to do a very complete investigation, which we will do," said Vineland Police Chief Timothy Codispoti.
Albert Morgan, a friend of one of the drivers who struck Alexa, says she was badly shaken and even spoke with Alexa's parents after the crash.
"I think they told her it wasn't her fault," Morgan said.
Strittmatter was a 9th grade honor student at Vineland High School North.
"She had her whole life ahead of her," said Juliet Brown, a friend of Alexa. "She was perfect and everybody loved her. It's not fair."
The school brought in brief counselors and are also providing additional resources for students and staff. School officials say they also may postpone a pep rally scheduled for Friday.
"Alexa was a lovely young woman and a valued member of the Vineland High School North family and her presence will be sorely missed," Vineland High School North Principal Mario Olsen said in a statement. "We at the VHS North family grieve with Alexa's family and friends and send our deepest condolences to them."
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