A large crowd began to gather on the hill for a vigil near Walmart where the car accident took Saige Bloom' life. Many students, friends and parents brought candles, teddy bears, balloons and wrote their final farewells on the temporary memorial wall.
Photo by Andy Towle.
A teen that friends say always had a smile on her face was honored Monday night for her life and her final actions that likely saved many.
Besides avoiding traffic as her vehicle careened out of control when her accelerator stuck Friday, several of the teen’s organs were donated after her death Saturday afternoon.
Saige Bloom had just purchased a used white Ford Escape from the Valley and was driving home to Payson when the SUV’s accelerator reportedly stuck, according to authorities.
Police say Bloom’s driving saved the lives of many driving on the Beeline Highway Friday.
At the Walmart intersection, Bloom swerved to miss a vehicle holding a large family. Her SUV clipped the family’s vehicle, flipping her vehicle several times, but leaving the family uninjured.
On Monday night, hundreds of people gathered at the hillside near the intersection of the wreck, paying homage to a teen most said was an amazing friend.
While some lit candles, others let blue balloons –her favorite color¬ – off into the sky and others signed sentiments onto poster board.
Bloom’s death shocked students and staff at Payson High School where Bloom was a junior.
Ashley Ralston, a student at PHS and who had played basketball with Bloom, helped organize Monday’s vigil.
Ralston said she wanted a way to honor a teen always willingly to help others. Now in her family’s time of need, this was a way for the community to reach out to them, she said.
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