MOUNT VERNON, Ohio (WCMH) — Tonight, many visitors came to the corner at Mansfield Avenue and Belmont Avenue.
There were those that knew 17-year-old Chelsea Alaimo, those that were in a band with her, and those that didn’t know her at all.
“It just hit home; you know her parents don’t get to see her walk at graduation,” said Alex Whittington, a Mount Vernon resident who didn’t know the girl who was fatally struck by a vehicle. “And it just hit home that a young life was taken.”
Alaimo was a senior at Mount Vernon High School. Just this past weekend, she was involved in a musical at the school.
She was killed after she was hit by an SUV. The driver has not been charged. He declined to talk with NBC4, but his neighbors did.
“He’s been a nice kid when he wants to be, but he’s had just bad luck,” said neighbor Lisa Smith of the driver.
“I mean he’s always been a good guy since I’ve known him and it’s been a long time,” claimed another neighbor, who asked to remain anonymous.
Back at the the corner of Mansfield and Belmont, a small memorial was set up in Alaimo’s memory. People came to just be at the spot where she died.
“Pure shock that someone so kind and so bright this could happen to them,” said Mitch Gadd, who was a band mate with her.
“She’s just a beautiful person and it was just awful to see her go like that,” said Teddy Reed, another friend. “Everyday in the hallways, I would pass her and there would be nothing but smiles, laughter.”
“There wasn’t a moment when she wasn’t happy,” said Gadd.
Ohio Highway Patrol officials said the case is still very much under investigation.