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Loved ones remember crash victims on day of remembrance

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Loved ones gather for a ceremony at Palm Mortuary on Nov. 20, 2016. (Kurt Rempe/FOX5) Loved ones gather for a ceremony at Palm Mortuary on Nov. 20, 2016. (Kurt Rempe/FOX5)
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Families gathered in Las Vegas Sunday to remember loved ones killed in car crashes. It was a part of World Day of Remembrance for road victims.

Anne-Marie Ricci woke up from a coma four years ago and found out her boyfriend Jesse Hill had died.

“She told me that there was a crash and Jesse didn’t make it and all I remember is just bawling, crying that entire night with here and ever since then it’s just kinda been a process to try and get through everything,” Ricci said.

The young couple was walking on a sidewalk when a car crashed into them.

“These two teenagers decided to speed in my neighborhood, 75 miles per hour. They were under the influence of marijuana and had alcohol in the car. They lost control of the car and hit the sidewalk and then hit Jesse and I,” Ricci said.

Ricci was among dozens of other people who lost friends and family in car crashes.

They gathered for a ceremony at Palm Mortuary that featured songs and tearful stories as attendees remembered horrific crashes.

“My 7-year-old daughter was killed in a car crash, a lady ran a stop sign and hit my car right where my daughter was sitting,” a parent said.

Families hung personalized ornaments on a tree in honor of the lives lost. Many hoped their heartbreaking stories will help prevent another tragedy.

“This didn’t have to happen. It was 100 percent preventable,” a mother shared. “The distraction affected so many lives.”

Those coping with their loss, like Ricci, are constantly reminded of someone else’s senseless decision to get behind the wheel.

“I pass by the street every day, it’s right by my house, see my scars every day, deal with my brain injury, it’s a constant reminder,” Ricci said.

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