Friends, family hold vigil for Christina Ward

Family and friends of the teen fatally struck on her way to school last week gathered Monday night to remember the "fun-loving" teenager.

Christina Morris-Ward was walking to Seneca Valley High School on Oct. 31 when she was struck by a vehicle on Germantown Road (MD-118) and Wisteria Drive in Montgomery County.

"She was really close to me, and you don't know just what people mean to you until they are gone," said one of 15-year-old's friends.

While her friends spoke of how much they will miss her, Ward's mother, Gwendolyn Ward, urged those in attendance to be more vigilant while driving or walking.

"I don't want for somebody else to have to lose their child or their loved one," Gwendolyn pleaded.

The driver of the Ford Fusion that struck Christina stopped and waited at the scene. At this time, he faces no charges.

Christina was wearing all black when she crossed the Germantown Road in the early morning light. Now, her mother has joined advocates calling for later start times for Montgomery County high schools.{ }

The Washington Post reports more than 7,000 people have signed the petition since it was launched Oct. 15. It will be presented to the school board this month.

Gwendolyn continued, " I'm gonna be able to get through this because there is a cause, and I am here for that cause..."