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'She was vivacious' | Family, friends honor Pasco Co. teen killed in 2018 hit-and-run crash

Posted at 11:06 PM, Apr 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-24 23:17:29-04

PASCO COUNTY, Fla. -- Family and friends are honoring a Pasco County teen killed one year ago by a driver who investigators say was high on meth when he crashed into her car.

Roy Rimmer was in court Wednesday, on the one-year anniversary of a deadly hit-and-run crash that claimed the life of 17-year-old Lillia Morris.

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FHP investigators say Rimmer was under the influence when he ran a red light and slammed into Morris' vehicle while driving along FL-54 and Duck Slough Boulevard.

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

Dozens gathered at the crash site Wednesday to pray, light candles and place pebbles at Lillia's roadside memorial.

“I just hope that nobody ever forgets her and we just keep letting her spirit live on," said McKenzie Rasmussen.

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Lillia's family say her tragedy proves the cost of getting behind the wheel under the influence.

“Change something that was so evil into hopefully something that can be good and just commemorate her life and her joy," Auter said.