Teenage girl hit by vehicle in northeast Edmonton dies
'I want people to know she was a beautiful young lady, kind, loving, creative and inspirational'
Family members have confirmed that 16-year-old Ayva Mallon was the victim of a fatal pedestrian collision in northeast Edmonton on Thursday afternoon.
Marcia Jacobson said her daughter had a "bubbly personality" and a penchant for singing, playing the piano and songwriting.
"I want people to know she was a beautiful young lady, kind, loving, creative, and inspirational to everyone she knew," Jacobson wrote in a message to CBC News.
"She could walk into a room and instantaneous light with her positive energy and bubbly personality."
Mallon was struck while crossing 118th Avenue from south to north at 78th Street in a crosswalk controlled by a traffic light at around 1 p.m., police said in a news release.
The Grade 11 student at Cardinal Collins Catholic High School was taken by ambulance to hospital, where she died Thursday evening from her injuries.
"She was very driven, motivated and loved people, animals and music," Jacobson wrote of her daughter.
Witnesses reported the car was travelling westbound on 118th Avenue through a green light when the teen has hit, police said.
A memorial of flowers, cards and stuffed animals was arranged on the corner of the intersection on Friday, just west of Northlands Coliseum.
"Ayva Mallon was a strong, beautiful, all around wonderful individual. She will be missed," read a card, signed with a heart.
A critical response team was at Cardinal Collins High School on Friday to support staff and students, said Lori Nagy, a spokesperson for Edmonton Catholic Schools.
"They've gone from shock, prayer and now they're trying to understand how something like that just happens so quickly,and how life can be there one day and not the next," she said.
"She will be dearly missed."
The 22-year-old male driver was not hurt in the collision, police said.
Alcohol and drugs are not considered to have been factors.