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Family of teen struck, killed near bus stop urges safety

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(10/03/12) - Grief counselors were at Bentley High School in Burton Wednesday to help students cope with the loss of a classmate.

Fifteen-year-old Ava Taylor was hit by a car while crossing the road Tuesday morning. 

Police say they believe she'd forgotten something at home and went to cross the road to get it.  She lives within steps of where she was struck. 

Ava, a ninth grader, passed away around 2 Tuesday afternoon.

Police continue to work on traffic reconstruction reports, but say it appears this was a tragic accident.  The driver, from Burton, stopped and cooperated.

Ava's family spoke with ABC12 to try and help people learn from their loss.

"Keep an eye out for traffic," says her Uncle Andrew Taylor.  "Look both ways before you cross the road."

Ava's mother Amy Taylor says her daughter was full of life and was looking forward to attending a homecoming dance.

"(She was) getting ready to go on her first date," Amy says.

Now the family is planning her funeral.

"It just goes to show you we're all fragile. A fleeting moment. Just not thinking for a few seconds and anything can happen. All of us have to keep aware of that," said Bentley High School Principal Rex Hart.

Hart says she'd only been a student there this year.

Amy says her daughter attended Carter Middle School in Clio last year.

Counseling is being offered to Clio students as well.

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