Amanda Marie George, 25, was crossing North Tryon Street after a NASCAR race at Charlotte Motor Speedway early Sunday when, police said, Travis Moore, 25, of Matthews, struck her.
“She died instantly,” her mother, Billie George, said. “She didn’t feel anything.”
Billie George said her daughter’s death affected countless people, many who packed Valley Community Church in Weldon for a memorial service.
“She had a vivacious personality,” her mother said.
Amanda George was a 2004 graduate of Roanoke Rapids High School and graduated from Johnson and Wales University in Charlotte with a degree in culinary arts.
She was also an organ donor, her father, Eddie George said. “There will be life after this death," he said.
Moore, meanwhile, faces a charge of driving while impaired. WSOC-TV in Charlotte said an investigation is ongoing to determine whether he will face other charges.
“This boy (who did it) is suffering, and my heart is hurting for him too,” Eddie George said.