DEPEW, N.Y. (WIVB) - While waiting for a bus to take her to a doctor's appointment, an SUV took the life of 18-year-old Ashley Creighton. Police say the driver may have fallen asleep behind the wheel.
A memorial of balloons, flowers and candles now stands on Broadway where Creighton was killed early Monday morning.
"She was always happy. She loved everybody," said a close friend of Creighton's.
A few hundred people came out Monday night to mourn the loss of an 18-year-old they saw was full of life.
Alexis Harman said, "She was funny; she was goofy. She was an amazing best friend. Anything that I can imagine, she was the best."
Creighton was hit by an SUV police believe the 35-year-old driver from Lancaster may have fallen asleep at the wheel after working an overnight shift.
After hitting Creighton, who died at the scene, the SUV continued on, smashing into Penora's Pizzeria. The damage to the restaurant was so severe, it was deemed uninhabitable and will be closed for repairs.
Pizzeria owner Gary Sinicki said, "The building can be repaired, but the tragedy is for families involved."
The name of the driver has not been released by police and he is not yet facing any charges.
Monday night, those who knew Creighton lit candles in her memory, describing her as a fighter who did not give up.
"She had a lot of hard things in life, but she worked through it," said teacher Charyl Harik. "And actually, she could not have been in school any day, and she strove. She got herself to school. She was a good girl."
Creighton's guardian, Gail Thompson, said, "She was loved very much. She was a little crazy, a little funny, but she was loved very much."
According to her family, a service for Creighton will be held on Thursday. A time has yet to be determined. The family would like to spread the teen's ashes at a park. A gazebo there held special meaning for the 18-year-old.
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