On Thursday, December 19, 2013, Elena was excited about the upcoming winter break. She completed her last mid-term exam at 11:35 and left Hume-Fogg to have lunch with friends before walking to catch her bus. A beautiful, happy, seventeen-year-old girl, she was going home to enjoy the holiday season with her family,
Elena had been navigating downtown traffic and the public bus system since freshman year and confidently crossed at Rosa Parks and Church Street, staying in the crosswalk and walking with the signal. Just as traffic turning right onto Rosa Parks was behind her and out of her line of sight, she was struck by a tractor trailer truck. The driver was not watching for pedestrians; he was watching to make sure the entire truck made the turn. Elena died on the scene.
Elena loved books, her friends, her family, and traveling the world. We lost a dear girl.
We want to make sure that all of Nashville knows what a tragic loss Elena’s death was to her family and her friends. It could have been prevented.