Friends and family remembered the life of an 11-year-old girl killed in a scooter accident Friday.
A scheduled birthday party turned into a memorial service for Sonia Savage of St. Petersburg Sunday.
Police say Savage died from injuries after she was struck by a truck on 58th Avenue Northeast, just east of 1st Street North. Investigators tell FOX 13 that Savage crossed the street before looking both ways.
It happened the day after her she turned 11 years old.
"I promised her as she was laying there, that I would have her birthday party, " said her mother Berae Savage. "I sang her happy birthday. I kissed her. I told her go be with grandma."
The celebration continued as planned at Berea Savage's home. The outdoor party included a dunk tank, something her daughter always wanted.
"I promised her that I would get in the dunk tank and everyone would be there," Berae Savage told FOX 13.
Devin Flack, 10, was among those who attended the festivities. He described Sonia as his best friend. He said the pair were riding scooters when the accident happened. They were trying to get home before dark.
"When I just saw her lying in the middle of the road, I went into tears. My dad thought it was me because he was coming to get me," said Flack. "It has been said. I have been crying so much."
Police say alcohol was not a factor in the accident. No charges are expected against the driver. Savage's funeral is planned for next Saturday.
FOX 13 / WTVT-TV
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