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Family remembers loving spirit of girl killed by tow truck

Posted March 9, 2013

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— 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.


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  • teddybear199 Mar 12, 2013

    What a terrible accident. My condolences to the family.

  • whyalltheproblems Mar 11, 2013

    Polar Ice, hasn't anyone done something to you by mistake? The person probably felt bad about it. You saying 'no worries' or 'hey, mistakes happen', most likely left the other person with a feeling of peace, being forgiven for making a mistake, by accident.
    I am so very sorry for the family's loss...what a sad thing to have happen. I'm relieved too that the driver won't be charged. sometimes that doesn't always happen.

  • beachboater Mar 11, 2013

    I would think the family's comments would be comforting to the driver. I think it was a very kind gesture.

  • DaisyMae Mar 11, 2013

    Prayers for peace and comfort to all involved

  • anneonymousone Mar 11, 2013

    My best thoughts are with this young woman's family, friends, neighbors, teachers, and allies, as well as with the tow truck driver, other witnesses to the accident, and to the emergency personnel who responded.

    It says a lot to me about her family that they made it a point to speak with compassion of the driver. It sounds as though there is nothing the driver could have done differently, and it's thoughtful of the young woman's family to acknowledge that in the midst of their grief.

  • Classified Mar 11, 2013

    "The forgiveness on the part of the family is a testament to the girl's gentle spirit." Ceanothus

    Sorry but, forgiveness for what? The story states that she walked into the side of the truck. Condolences to this poor girl’s family. May she rest in peace.

  • Terkel Mar 11, 2013

    The forgiveness on the part of the family is a testament to the girl's gentle spirit. Let it shine.

  • jenjengirl89 Mar 11, 2013

    I think it would be more appropriate and politically correct if WRAL would refer to a 19 year old female as a "woman" instead of a "girl". For a number of decades now.

  • llf Mar 11, 2013

    Prayers goes out to all invloved.

  • lisa4 Mar 11, 2013

    Prayers going out to Ms. McBurney's family and friends. Prayers also for the truck driver.