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Susanne Pucovsky (17) was struck by a car while delivering a gift to friends
Published: Jul 29, 2011 @ 3:22 PM
Susanne Pucovsky (17)
Dec 07, 2009
Cause of Death:
Auto Pedestrian Accident
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The family of an Amherstburg teen who was struck and killed by a car on Monday evening say they forgive the driver -- just as the deceased girl would have wanted.
Susanne Pucovsky, 17, is being described as an open, loving, deeply spiritual person whose Christian faith was among the most important things in her life.
"She never held a grudge against anyone," said Katherine Pucovsky, Susanne's 21-year-old sister, speaking on behalf of the Pucovsky family.
Katherine said that Susanne was walking on the 6th Concession Road just south of County Road 8 to deliver a gift to friends of the family.
Susanne had just finished babysitting for the family friends. She'd returned home to collect a jar of honey and some paperwork she'd completed for them. Her last words to her parents were she'd be back soon.
"The last thing she said was 'I'll be back, really quick,'" Katherine said. "She left the door open and was in a rush."
Katherine said Susanne walked the county roads often. Her mother had offered to drive her, but Susanne wanted to walk.
"She loved to go walking," Katherine said. "She was in such a hurry, she just wanted to get there and give (the gift)... My mother did really want to drive her."
Asked how Susanne was dressed at the time, Katherine said she was wearing a khaki skirt and dark sweater.
Amherstburg police remain tight-lipped about the accident on the poorly lit road. When spokeswoman Const. Joan Lovell was asked Tuesday afternoon if charges are pending against the driver, she replied only that the investigation is continuing.
Anyone who saw the accident is encouraged to call police at 519-736-2252.
Katherine said the family was told by police that the vehicle was travelling at a high speed and it had a female driver. "We send our love and support towards (the driver and her family), too," Katherine said. "I know it's not easy for them as well.
"It's all in God's timing."
The family was informed of the accident by another motorist. Katherine said the witness was behind the vehicle that struck Susanne. The witness brought one of Susanne's brothers and then her mother to the scene.
Katherine said Susanne was still clutching the jar of honey and the paperwork when her loved ones saw her on the ground.
Susanne was the youngest of eight siblings -- three brothers and five sisters. Katherine said Susanne was "the baby of the family," always ready to smile.
As a Grade 12 student at General Amherst high school, Susanne was well-liked and admired. A Facebook group created by Katherine as a tribute to Susanne had attracted more than 500 members by press time.
Grief counsellors were at General Amherst on Tuesday morning.
Public school board spokesman Scott Scantlebury described Susanne as "a very solid, dedicated student" who was "quietly popular." She played trumpet in the school band, was on the yearbook committee and regularly made the honour roll.
Scantlebury said Susanne was among the students in line for an academic award at a ceremony tonight at General Amherst. Susanne will be recognized for the award posthumously.
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