MIDDLEBURG, Fla. – Family and friends of a Middleburg High School senior who died after she was hit by a car gathered to remember her at a candlelight vigil Thursday night.
Friends of 18-year-old Maegan Howsare said she was struck by a car while crossing Blanding Boulevard to pick up food at a restaurant. She was taken to a hospital in critical condition, where she later died from her injuries.
Friends and loved ones got together near the area where Howsare was hit to celebrate her life.
Landon Pint, Howsare's boyfriend, said he loved her very much and planned to spend the rest of his life with her.
"The night before graduation, I was going to go up to her father and ask permission to marry her," Pint said. "I was going to do it during graduation while I was on stage."
The night it happened, Howsare called Pint's father, Daniel Pint, to pick her up from work.
“I was almost there when she texted and said she was going across the street to McDonald's, and I said 'OK,'" Daniel Pint said. "As I came around the corner, I saw a body lying on the sidewalk with two women there.”
Daniel Pint said he pulled into a gas station and learned Howsare had been hit.
She was rushed to a hospital in critical condition. Landon Pint said he got to see his girlfriend one last time before she passed away.
"Sometimes I'll be OK and other times I'll be a complete mess in tears. Other times I'll be angry about it," Landon Pint said. "She was the most amazing person. She was always happy. She was always cheerful."
Daniel Pint said it's been hard to watch his son endure such grief.
"It doesn't matter how old you are. To see that and then be there for your son and have him see her in the ICU and have him say goodbye to her in the ICU, that's rough," Daniel Pint said.
People who knew Howsare say she will be greatly missed.
"She meant a lot to everyone," said Noah Morris, one of Howsare's friends.
It's unclear if the driver was cited. Daniel Pint said when he arrived at the scene, the driver had stopped.
Middleburg High will have grief counselors available for Howsare's classmates who need to talk about their loss.