March 13, 2012
Taylor Fleming, 17, was killed in a car accident in December. Her extended family is hosting a benefit for her parents and sisters on Sunday, March 18, to help pay her medical bills.
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At the start of her senior year at Cicero-North Syracuse High School, Taylor Fleming was asked to complete a homework assignment in which she described herself and her life goals in her own words to her teacher. “I’m not your ordinary girl,” she wrote. Not two months after Taylor typed those words, her life would be cut short. Taylor was on her way home from volunteering at the Smith Road Elementary School Christmas tree lighting and concert in Cicero on Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011 when her 2003 Dodge Neon was struck broadside by a 2000 Lincoln Continental driven by 45-year-old Timothy Williams of Phoenix. Williams was later charged with driving while intoxicated. Fleming was removed from life support three days later so that her organs could be donated. “When I get into things, I never give up,” Taylor wrote in that September 2011 essay. “As much as things frustrate me, I never give up. I am determined to prove what I was born for, and that is to be a leader.”