Family and friends remember 11-year-old killed crossing street

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St. Petersburg, Florida -- Sonia Savage was killed last night while riding a scooter with a friend.

It happened in St. Petersburg near 1st Street and 54th Avenue North.

Before this tragic accident, her family was preparing to throw her a birthday bash tomorrow.

Her family and friends still plan on celebrating Sonia's life.

A small memorial is set up for Sonia, who was killed just 24 hours ago after crossing a street her family and friends tells us she's crossed many times before.

"I saw her lying there. I was over there. I had my race bike and I had her scooter and that was the scooter she wrecked on," said Devin Flack.

Flack was with Sonia playing at the park before they both headed home.

"I saw the truck hit her. She was supposed to stop."

Sonia was killed.

"You are not suppose to outlive your children," said Sonia's father, Bobby Reichold.

Reichold said his daughter was an aspiring gymnast with a sparkle in her eye.

"She was going to be a professional singer."

While the 11-year-old may now be gone, her family said her eyes will continue to shine. She was an organ donor and her eyes can now be donated.

"It's nice to get a phone call that her eyes will be going to someone else," said Reichold.

He said the family got another surprise as well today. The company that was supposed to bring over a dunk tank for Sonia's carnival themed party is still coming. But this time it will be donated as a gift for the whole neighborhood to enjoy.

"We are still going to have party with cake and everything," Reichold said.

Because although the dunk tank won't bring the spunky girl back, it will help this young neighborhood keep Sonia's memory shining bright.

"I miss her so much. I loved her so much."

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