'She was a dreamer': Vigil honors teen struck, killed by truck

'She was a dreamer': Vigil honors teen struck, killed by truck
Sandhya Khadka

SEATTLE - A neighborhood in North Seattle is calling on the city to put a crosswalk at a busy intersection where a teenager was hit and killed on Monday.

Seventeen-year-old Sandhya Khadka was struck by a truck at the intersection of 5th Avenue NE and NE 115th Street as she walked to catch the bus to North Seattle College.

"This young girl was budding into a young woman," said Writu Kakshapati, who opened her home to Khadka when she moved from Nepal to Washington less than a year ago to be closer to her father who lives in the area.

On Thursday night nearly 200 family members, friends and neighbors remembered the tenacious teen with a candlelight vigil.

"She was a dreamer. But she also knew how to make her dreams to come true," said Kakshapati

The teen, a self-described feminist, was on her way to making those dreams a reality. She was attending North Seattle College and had a passion for accounting. She had hoped to continue her education at the University of Pennsylvania.

"The discipline, the dedication - she was prepared for everything," said Kakshapati.

After a moment of silence at the vigil in Khadka's honor, a petition was passed around for all to sign calling on the city to install a crosswalk at the corner where the teen died.

"My sister, my friend is gone, but I don't want anyone else to those their life because of this," said Shraddha Kakshapati, who also opened her home to the 17-year-old.

Event organizers say they plan to deliver the petition with signatures to the city as soon as possible.