INDIAN TRAIL, N.C. (WBTV) - The 5-year-old girl who was critically injured in a hit-and-run at a soccer field has died, according to Union County Public Schools.
The girl, identified as Olivia Grace Melendez, was one of three people injured after a car, driven by a teen, jumped a curb at the Fieldstone Farm subdivision soccer field in Indian Trail.
The teen driver initially left the scene, but turned himself in. He has been charged with felony hit-and-run.
“Miss Livy was a sweet little girl with an infectious smile,” her obituary said. “She was a kindergartener at Poplin Elementary School in her favorite teacher, Ms Loderick’s, class. She loved playing with the children of the neighborhood and classmates. Livy loved unicorns, makeup, painting her nails, skateboards and playing outside."
But it’s not just the school grieving her loss, her entire neighborhood as well. There’s a vigil set up near the park where she was hit and neighbors have tied white bows to their mailboxes to honor her life.
According to a GoFundMe page set up by a friend of the family, Olivia’s family chose to donate her organs which in turn saved five additional lives.
According to the school system, all parents were contacted and counselors were available for students who needed them.