Family remembers loving spirit of girl killed by tow truck
Posted March 9, 2013
Raleigh, N.C. — The family of a 19-year-old Millbrook High School graduate who died Friday after walking into traffic in north Raleigh says they have no ill feelings toward the tow truck driver who hit her.
According to police, Olivia McBurney walked into the side of the truck shortly before 1 p.m. as she was trying to cross Thornton Road at Wadford Drive. She was taken to WakeMed, where she later died.
Police said the truck was traveling about 35 mph, and witnesses said McBurney was wearing earphones at the time she was hit.
David San Filippo, McBurney's grandfather, said she had an infectious personality.
"That's the memory I have, the unconditional love that child had for everyone," he said.
Filippo also said the family is not angry with the driver of the tow truck. Police said the driver of the truck will not be charged.
"The family wants the driver of the truck to know we don't hold him responsible," Filippo said. "We feel very bad for him."
McBurney's family said she never let a mental disability slow her down. In 2012, she participated in the Special Olympics of North Carolina and placed in the basketball tournament.