DAVIDSON COUNTY, N.C. — An 18-year-old from Thomasville died after being hit by a pickup truck early Monday morning.
North Carolina Highway Patrol reports on May 24 at 3:17 a.m., troopers responded to a crash on NC-109 in Davidson County. Officials said 18-year-old, Aliyah Jordan Garris of Thomasville was hit by a Ram pickup heading north.
Trooper Ned Moultrie confirms Garris was with two other people when their car got a flat tire and broke down. He said the car was disabled in part of the road, and that someone was attempting to change the tire.
Officials say Garris was outside of the car and in the roadway next to it when she was hit and killed.
No charges have been filed at this time.
Friday night, WFMY News 2 spoke with close family friend, and the pastor's wife of the church Garris attended, Michelle Timmons.
"When we would have youth events, she would always pull in the ones who were kind of on the outside," she said, "Everybody would be gathered and you would see somebody off to the side, and she would go sit with them."
Timmons said Garris was full of life - that she loved her mother, and the pair had a special bond. Garris adored her family and loved church - always digging deeper in the scriptures they would study. She was looking forward to graduating South Davidson High School next week, hoping to study and go into psychology.
On Wednesday, Timmons said she attended a Senior Awards Ceremony at South Davidson, where Garris was far from forgotten.
"They had a chair there and they had flowers and they had someone receive her cords. For graduation, they're planning on doing the same."
She said a scholarship was given in her name, and one of Garris' close friends was the recipient.