A small make-shift memorial lies on the side of Stanley Boulevard near Isabel Avenue in Livermore for 16-year-old Violet Campbell who died in a car accident Wednesday, according to CHP. Campbell was one of the five people in the blue KIA SUV.
Investigators say the driver was speeding and veered off the road. The vehicle flipped, seriously injuring one passenger and killing Campbell.
“We used to have sleepovers, and I did cheerleading with her. We drifted apart, but I always kept in touch with her,” said Kaylee, a childhood friend of Campbell’s. “It’s just super sad what happened.”
One of the passenger remains in critical condition Friday at Eden Medical Center. Twenty-six-year-old Alexys Garcia was a passenger in the car, according to her sister, and was thrown out of the window when the SUV flipped. Her body was found several minutes later in the bushes near railroad tracks.
Her family says Garcia has significant brain trauma and has not been conscious since the accident. Doctors have put her into a medically-induced coma. The family is unsure whether Alexys will make a full recovery.
Garcia’s family tells KTVU they’ve been going over bank statements to try and piece together what may have contributed to the violent accident.
“This is life changing,” said Garcia’s sister, Kim Garcia. “My family is devastated. One different choice could’ve changed where we are today and where we spend Thanksgiving.”
The driver, identified as another 26-year-old woman, was arrested for driving under the influence. The two other passengers were not seriously injured.
“With so many different options to get rides to places I just don’t see any reason for anyone to get into a vehicle like that,” said Kim Garcia.