Five Lives Saved After Family Donates Organs Of 5-yr-old Girl Killed By Hit-and-Run Driver in Union Co
Family members confirm to WCCB Charlotte’s CW that Olivia’s organs have already helped save five lives. Olivia’s heart was sent to someone in New York, her kidney went to someone in Indiana and her lungs were given to someone in North Carolina.
Olivia was killed after being struck by a hit-and-run driver while playing in her Indian Trail neighborhood. Read below for more details.
Original Story (Posted: October 10, 2020):
INDIAN TRAIL, N.C. – A 5-year-old Union Co. girl is being remembered for her big smile and bright personality.
Olivia Melendez died after being struck by a hit-and-run driver, while playing in her Indian Trail neighborhood.
Friends are coming together to comfort her family.
“They’re hurting, they’re hurting, they’re struggling, they’re trying to be strong,” says family friend Gay Bivens.
Bivens says the little girl was known for her bubbly personality.
“She was sassy, she was cute, she was animated in her heart, she loved so many, she loved everybody,” Bivens says.
Friends say Olivia and two friends were sitting behind a bush when a driver ran up on the curb, hitting them last Sunday.
The two friends are expected to be OK.
A makeshift memorial marks the place where it happened, off Houndscroft Road in the Fieldstone Farms neighborhood.
The driver took off, but later turned themselves in.
“We are weeping with this family and it really hurts,” says family friend Durand Bivens.
Neighbors are placing white ribbons on their mailboxes to honor the little girl.
Olivia was a Kindergartner at Poplin Elementary School.
Family members say she loved unicorns, skateboards, and playing outside.
A GoFundMe page has been set-up to help pay for medical costs and funeral services.