MANHATTAN (PIX11) — 16-year-old Renee Thompson was a promising teenager with aspirations of becoming a writer or a lawyer, who dreamed of attending Howard University. According to her family, she was one of the top performing students among her peers and they had little doubt she would achieve all of her hopes and dreams.
Her family’s dreams and hearts were left shattered Wednesday night after Thompson was struck and killed by a tractor-trailer on East 60th and Third Avenue. Thompson was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. Her family was unable to identify her body the next morning..
Thompson had a summer job at Dylan’s Candy Bar on the Upper East Side. Her family said she was on her way home, crossing the street to go into the subway when she was killed. Police said the 35-year-old driver of the massive truck didn’t even know he hit Thompson and drove three more blocks before stopping.
Thompson’s older brother was understandably grief stricken and still in shock over the loss of his baby sister.
“I used to walk her home from school. I used to get her candy and then she started to work at Dylan’s Candy Bar and she brought me home candy. You can’t bring that kind of thing back,” said Greg Thompson.
The driver of the truck was issued a summons and ticketed for failure to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk, failure to exercise due care and driving an unregistered vehicle. Police added Thompson did not have a walk signal while she was crossing.