TACOMA, Wash. — On Friday, the SUV that 18-yr-old Heidy Morales was driving swerved off an Interstate 5 overpass into rush hour traffic.
Nobody—not her family or her friends—has any clue why it happened.
"I still can't believe it, really,” said Sergio Morales, her father.
Her father says he’d spoken to Heidy before she left on her way to work at the Federal Way McDonald’s on Friday.
She was smiling that day, and asked him for gas money before work.
Someone came to their front door later that day to deliver the news.
“And then she told me, and I couldn't believe it,” said Morales on Sunday night as he fought back tears.
On Sunday, more than 100 people gathered for a candlelight vigil to honor her life at the Washington Youth Academy in Bremerton, where she attended to turn her life around.
Her family was proud that she’d graduated last December and had dreams of going into the medical field.
But first, she dreamed of the National Guard.
"She was very proud to go into the National Guard. That's all she talked about,” said her father.
Heidy was a junior at Decatur High in Federal Way, where extra counselors will be on hand Monday to help grieving students.
The family is also comforted knowing Heidy was an organ donor.
"They told us she was going to be able to help 50 people,” said her father.
“She was a miracle for us and she's still being a miracle for other life.”
© 2020 KIRO