JAMESTOWN – Funeral services for a Jamestown High School Sophomore killed in a hit and run crash took place over the weekend.
The service, which happened at First Covenant Church, reflected on the life of 15-year-old Alexis Hughan.
The funeral was led by Pastor Adam Rohler who worked help the community through emotions of loss and grief.
“We feel a loss somewhere in ourselves, in our souls, in our gut, where we just don’t know how to fill it, but I would suggest to you that while Lexi’s body is gone, the kind of person she was, her spirit and her essence, it’s not gone,” explained Rohler.
Hughan was crossing West 6th Street near Washington Street around 12:30 p.m. on New Years Eve when she was hit by an 18-wheel car carrier.
Police allege 58-year-old Randall Rolison fled the scene without stopping to check on the girl.
He has since been charged with several crimes related to the crash.
While what happened to young Hughan was tragic, those who mourn her loss focused on the little blessings like the time they shared with her.
“I count it as a blessed privilege to be with you in your sorrow and also in your joy,” explained Rohler.
Rohler’s message to those who mourn Lexi is to keep a smile on their face like she always did, and to remember her life.
“I didn’t know how her constant smile lit up the room, and I only just learned about this beautiful soul who cared for everyone and everything around her with such passion,” explained Rohler.
After the service, there was celebration of life at the Spire Theater to remember everything the teen aspired to be.
Efforts to continue her young legacy are also underway, like a raffle to support a music scholarship created in her honor.