JAMESTOWN – The teenager who was hit and killed by an allegedly impaired truck driver on New Year’s Eve in Jamestown would have turned 16-years-old on Thursday. In honor of the day, the community is coming together to remember the young life.
Friends of Alexis “Lexi” Hughan remember the young soul as someone who always had a smile on their face.
According to Joshua Skinner, the day shouldn’t be filled with grief, but rather, remembering the good times.
“I know in my head it was Lexi’s soul turning 16,” said Skinner. “They’re body is gone, but they are still turning 16. So, in my head, why not try and celebrate it and remember the times we had together.”
Since the tragic death, the community has come together to support Hughan’s family via a GoFundMe page raising more than $40,000. There are also efforts underway to further the Lexi’s legacy via a Buffalo Bills jersey fundraiser, that will create a music scholarship at Infinity Visual and Performing Arts.
“Wherever they are, I’m sure they are very happy about what’s going on right now,” explained Alyssa Spitale when referring to the community’s drive to keep her friend’s memory alive.
In addition to the birthday celebrations, City Hall will also pay tribute to the young life by turning the building green and rainbow; two of Alexis’ favorite colors.
“I’ve known Lex for two years, but in those two year’s we’ve been apart for maybe five days total,” said Leo/Seira Allison. “I remember somebody was having their birthday coming around, and they weren’t having a birthday party, even though she didn’t even like him, she threw him a birthday party, because that’s just who she was.”
As for the case against the allegedly impaired driver Randall Rolison, the teens continue to push a petition to raise Rolison’s bail and are calling for vehicular manslaughter charges to be lodged against him. Since our story on Monday, the petition has over 2,000 signatures calling for action.