Vigil held year after teen died in Trinity hit-and-run

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A vigil was held in Trinity for a 17-year-old who lost her life in a car accident exactly one year ago.

Lillia Morris’ life was honored Wednesday night at Duck Slough Blvd and State Road 54, the intersection where she was killed April 24, 2018.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the teen had a green light and was trying to make a left-hand turn when an SUV ran a red light, crashed into her vehicle, and rammed it into two others.

“I was in shock because I was with her right before she left, and I was like, 'It’s not real,'” said Taylor McGovern, one of Morris’ close friends.

At Wednesday’s vigil, friends and family came together to pray and remember their memories with Morris.

“She was vivacious, she was loving, she was just so kind, and just so precious,” said Debbie Auter, Morris’ grandmother. “she was everything to me, I miss her.”

Hours before the vigil, many of Morris’ friends and family members packed the courthouse, where the driver charged in Morris’ death, Roy Rimmer, 54, had an arraignment hearing.

According to Auter, the arraignment was postponed for May 8.

“I hate that this gentleman has ruined his whole life by what he did,” said Auter.

Life will never be the same for all those who knew Morris. But as the years go by, they say their memories of Morris will only grow fonder.