TAYLORSVILLE — Police have identified a 14-year-old girl who was hit and killed by a van while trick-or-treating Saturday night.
The girl is Victoria Hillman, according to West Valley police spokeswoman Roxeanne Vainuku. Unified Police Department turned the investigation over to West Valley due to a conflict.
Hillman and two others were crossing 2700 West in a marked crosswalk at 5930 South when a Honda Odyssey struck her at about 7:10 p.m., Vainuku said. Hillman died at the scene.
There are no indications that the driver was distracted or impaired or exceeding the speed limit, she said.
Hundreds of friends and community members gathered at Bennion Junior High School on Sunday night to remember Hillman and light candles in her honor.
"We talked a lot. She made me laugh a lot," said Macenze Edwards. "She was very confident and funny and very smart. She was very inspiring with her words. She made me feel confident."
Austin Graziano said Hillman always had a smile on her face. Students plan to wear blue at school Monday and draw a heart on their hand with Victoria written inside. Hillman used to draw a heart on her hand when she felt alone to remind herself that she was loved, he said.
Hillman's cousin, Angel Crow, has set up an online fund at www.gofundme.com/fb7zvq3g to help cover funeral expenses, with any remaining money being donated to a charity "that would suit Victoria's life."
Hillman loved to sing, play softball, be the life of the party and hang out with her family and friends, according to the fundraising website.
"Victoria will leave an emptiness in the lives of all who knew her. Victoria was daddy's little girl and mommy's best friend," the site says.