Bucket list of teen killed at Danbury fireworks goes viral

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Bucket List of Teen Fatally Struck by Car Goes Viral

DANBURY — A 17-year-old girl died and another teenager was injured when they were struck by a car while crossing a street in Danbury.

Police say Rebecca Townsend of Brookfield died after the accident Thursday, July 2, on Lake Avenue near the Westside Campus of Western Connecticut State University. She was a recent graduate of Immaculate High School in Danbury. Her friend Ben Arne, 17, of New Fairfield was seriously injured in the accident.

When Rebecca was a sophomore in high school, she wrote a bucket list as part of a class assignment, her sister Victoria told Buzzfeed.

She wrote down three things: Kiss in the rain, fly to Spain, save a life (not really scary though).

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Rebecca Townsend was tragically called from this earth on Thursday, July 2nd. She brought immense joy to everybody whose lives she touched and is missed tremendously. This account is now a memorial to Rebecca to keep her memories alive. Rebecca loved charity and supported @shesthefirst at her high school. In Rebecca's honor, we ask that you tell others about her, pass on acts of kindness and treat everybody around you the way Rebecca would have, and truly live every day with joy and gratitude. You are welcome to post about Rebecca or about your acts of kindness on your account and tag #rememberingrebecca to carry on her legacy. For those grieving, please reach out to your friends and family and know that you are never alone. Rest in peace, sweet Rebecca.
One of the things Rebecca was most excited for about attending Notre Dame this fall was participating in @shesthefirst, a charity helping girls in developing countries access higher education. Rebecca led her high school's chapter of She's the First and was very passionate about the organization. Rebecca's peers at Notre Dame started a fundraiser in her name for She's the First. Their efforts will keep Rebecca's memory alive and benefit a wonderful organization. To contribute to the Notre Dame fundraiser, see the link in profile. ❤️
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Well, the Townsend family did take that trip to Spain and Rebecca kissed her boyfriend in the rain, said Victoria. So what about saving a life?

After Ben was released from the hospital, he visited the Townsend family and told them Rebecca did just that on that night.

"He said, 'The last thing I remember is Rebecca pushing me and telling me to hurry up,'" Victoria said.

After her death, Victoria and some other family members were swapping stories when they discovered her bucket list. That's when they realized Rebecca fulfilled her wish by saving Ben.

"It was a little sign that she was okay," Victoria said. Now, their family has set up the Remembering Rebecca Facebook page and Instagram accounts to spread "Rebecca's overflowing kindness throughout the world."

Police say a 23-year-old woman from Brookfield was driving the car that hit the teens.

"You got something so beautiful, and you got something so majestic to celebrate independence and at the same time you have a whole other light show of its own in a more catastrophic form, you know," witness Avdi Rugova told FoxCT.

No charges have been announced. The accident remains under investigation.

You can read more from Buzzfeed here.

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