Amherst, N.Y. (WKBW) - Alix Rice, 18, has been in the news for a year now, after a tragic hit-and-run accident took her life on Heim Road in Amherst, leaving her family devastated. Now, they're trying to move on, while keep her memory alive.
"This is basically to bring spirits up and just have a good time with it," Alix's Cousin Dan Rice said.
Alix's cousin Dan Rice said her family and friends are organizing a free concert this Sunday in her honor. It will take place at Bassett Park in Amherst just up the street from the memorial sight.
All the money raised at Bassett Park will go to a skate park in Alix's memory. As you may remember, Alix was riding on her long board when she was struck and killed by Dr. James Corasanti last July.
"Her passion was her long board. She would ride it everywhere she could. She would ride it to school and to the bus stop to make it to school. That was her mode of transportation," Rice said.
Dan said this is a perfect tribute to his cousin, who he says was more like a little sister. He also said this also is helping family deal with the loss and what he calls the shocking verdict in Dr. Corasanti's trial. The doctor was found not guilt of all charges except DWI.
"We have to accept what came out. Either way, the verdict came it didn't bring Alix back but hopefully we get justice with the little bit we have left," Rice said.
In addition to concert tickets, T-shirts and hats will be sold this weekend to raise funds. Dan said people could also go online to donate to the cause.