Family, Holly Grove Middle grieve after student struck, killed by SUV
Posted October 18, 2019 5:58 p.m. EDT
Updated October 20, 2019 5:22 p.m. EDT
Holly Springs, N.C. — A 14-year-old was killed Wednesday while walking across a four-lane highway in Holly Springs, devastating the teen's family and the community.
Scout Undercoffer's father says his child was artistic, intelligent and a loving soul.
A makeshift memorial has sprouted up where Scout, an eighth-grader at Holly Grove Middle School, was killed.
Scout didn't always go by Scout, but by Olivia.
Beau Undercoffer, Scout's father, said his child was in transition. He said it was tough for Scout being a transgender kid in school, especially during the adolescent years.
"We loved her for who she was," Beau Undercoffer said.
Taylor McDaniel lives next door to the family.
"I'd see her out walking her dogs," McDaniel said. "She always had a smile on her face. She'd sometimes walk her dog while riding her skateboard around the neighborhood."
On Wednesday, just outside the Somerset Farm neighborhood, where Scout lived, came the worst news a parent could hear.
Holly Springs police say Scout was walking across the northbound lanes of N.C. Highway 55 around 5 p.m. when the teen was struck and killed by a car.
Police said the driver couldn't avoid the impact and won't be charged.
The principal at Holly Grove Middle emailed parents with a message that said: "Scout was a wonderful person and will be greatly missed."
Psychologists and counselors have been made available to help students through their grief. The school observed a moment of silence in class after the fatal traffic accident.
Scout's family reached the LGBT Center of Raleigh and asked about creating a scholarship in Scout's name. The scholarship will be funded by public donations to the LGBT Center of Raleigh.
The organization eagerly obliged, posting this quote on Facebook from the teen's mom: "Scout was about to be one of the world's most fierce LGBT advocates."
Scout's dad also said he wants to make it safer for people to cross N.C. 55.