LOVES PARK (WIFR) – Fives years ago today a local 17 year-old was killed by a drunk driver at a busy Stateline intersection. Today the victim’s family and friends are remembering the teen saying half a decade later the pain hasn't gone away.
“We were standing at the corner and I was thinking,” said the victim’s mother Diane Kordich, “when will this ever get better and it hasn’t. Every year it is something. This is the year she would have been a senior. This is the year she would have graduated college.”
Balloons were released into the air at 12:41am, the time of former Harlem High School student Amanda Kordich’s death. Family and friends gathered at the intersection of Harlem and Forest Hills Road to pray and reflect. Amanda’s killer, 45 year-old Wesley Hanson, was sentenced to nine years in prison back in 2009. Her family says it’s just not long enough. They say the annual memorial helps them heal.
“I finally met the man who tried to get her out of the car and save her today,” said Kordich’s mother, “and it just touched my heart so deeply that I couldn't stop crying. People don’t realize that every day it's a struggle to get out of bed still."
Amanda’s family says she loved to dance. The memorial was held on National Dance Day, which brought comfort to those who attended this morning’s reflection.