Nearly 500 People Pay Tribute to Alix Rice

March 10, 2013 Updated Mar 10, 2013 at 11:37 PM EDT

By Rachel Elzufon

March 10, 2013 Updated Mar 10, 2013 at 11:37 PM EDT

Williamsville, NY (WKBW) - Family and friends of Alexandria Rice are hoping to create a lasting imprint on the community in her name.

The 18-year-old was killed in a hit-and-run drunk driving crash while riding her longboard home from work back in July of 2011 in Amherst.

The driver, Doctor James Corasanti, was charged with vehicular manslaughter, but was acquitted by a jury. He is now serving time in Alden Correctional Facility on a misdemeanor DWI charge.

Today, a special fundraiser was held in hopes of carrying Alix's name on.

Alix Rice's father, Richard Rice, says his daughter "would be amazed if she knew how many people were rooting for her."

Nearly 500 people came to the Main-Transit Fire Hall in Williamsville to remember Alix.

John Fulcher never met Alix, but was touched by her story and became involved in the Alix Rice Peace Park Foundation.

"Everybody always says someone should do something about that," explained Fulcher. "I know that if I just put enough gumption into it that it could be possible."

Alix's death inspired strangers and loved ones to unite, working towards creating a ten-thousand square foot concrete skate park in Amherst.

"Why not give them the proper place to go to do that activity," questions Fulcher. "It seems to be a shoe-in, a very easy idea that we should all be able to grab."

Richard Rice says his daughter would be "the first one to go in and try it out. And if she were here today -- it's anyone's guess what she would really say because she can't it."

Once this idea becomes a reality, Rice hopes the skate park serves as a reminder for anyone who passes by.

"I'd like people to remember what happens when you drive distracted, driving under the influence," Rice says.