Olivia turned 16 on May 4, 2018 and received her driver license a week after. She was so excited to drive! She always had plans with her friends, work and drill team. Her hilarious, mischievous personality made her the life of every party and the ringleader of every prank. She was so brave and loved adventure. She lived a full and fabulous life.
Olivia had recently finished her sophomore year at Hillcrest High. She loved her friends, football games and dancing with the Hillcrest Drill Team. She danced at Dance Concepts dance studio, and on the night of June 15th she danced in the spring recital.
The following morning, on June 16th, her mom woke her up at 6 am to get ready for drill practice. She didn’t seem any more tired and cranky than any other morning, but she fell asleep on the 2-mile drive to school. She drifted across 700 East and hit another car. Other girls and coaches on their way to practice stopped at the accident to try to help. Olivia was wearing her seatbelt, had an airbag and her head wasn’t hit by anything in the crash. Just the sudden impact of the fast stop was too much for a brain to absorb. Olivia wasn’t responsive to the paramedics and was quickly taken to the hospital for brain surgery.
Olivia had two surgeries on her brain and was in a coma for 9 weeks. She battled through cardiac arrest, pneumonia, and many other life-threatening conditions. Her family and friends stayed with her during her entire hospital stay and hoped for a miraculous recovery.
Unfortunately, she was not able to recover, and died from her injuries on August 22, the that would have been her first day of 11th grade.
Olivia had made the decision to be an organ donor and was able to donate lifesaving and life enhancing donations such as her kidneys, liver, tissue, bones and eyes.
Her family and friends miss her laugh like crazy. She was an incredible friend, sister, daughter, cousin, niece and aunt. Her memory is honored everyday by friends and family, who Live Like Liv by finding ways to adventure and celebrate every day.