January 31, 2012
Mourners light candles at a vigil for Saige Bloom Monday evening as daylight fades into darkness near where the accident took place Friday. Students came in cars, on their bikes and on foot to pay homage to a young lady who was well liked and respected by her classmates.
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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 others. 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 in 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 others 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 where the wreck occurred, paying homage to a teen most said was an amazing friend.