The city of Clarksville is remembering one of its own after a former high school student was hit and killed on the University of Arkansas campus by a distracted driver.
“You meet this girl, and yeah she didn’t talk much but you always knew she was there,” Senior Clarksville High School student Steven Olguyn said. “And now she’s not. It’s so hard.”
Clarksville High School is small but mighty.
“I met Andrea when she was 12 and I had her all the way until she graduated,” Clarksville Band Director Ralph Brody said.
This week the student body became even closer after losing one of their former fighting Panthers.
Andrea Torres – Class of 2018.
“If something bad happens,we all feel it,” Olguyn said. “If something good happens we all feel it.”
The freshman at the University of Arkansas was hit by a distracted driver on Garland Avenue February 2nd.
Torres died from her injuries three days later.
“I wish I could tell her one more time that I love her,” Brody said.
A life taken far too soon.
The news stunned her band family..
“In education, sometimes you notice the superstars and sometimes you notice the ones who are struggling,” Brody said. “But you overlook the ones you are really doing what’s right. And that was Andrea.”
Former classmate Steven Olguyn tells me for Andrea, it was more than just Friday Night Lights.
“She was one of those people you knew had a future,” Olguyn said. She was ready to go somewhere in life.”
“We just weren’t ready,” Brody said. “We are never ready for things like this but I cherish the time I had.”
After several competitions and late nights at practice, the senior is left to remember the last thing he said to his band mate and friend..
“You are probably never going to see me again but the best part about it is that you are going to do something great,” Olguyn said.