Practically three months after she died in an incident tied to unlawful road racing, Sanger Excessive Faculty pupil Allison Tia Chang has a memorial scholarship in her title.
Chang, 17, and her cousins, Linda Chang, 21, and Christopher Vang, 27, died after a dashing automotive ran a purple mild at Palm and Bullard avenues on Dec. 26 and smashed into their car.
‘Allie’, as her mom Dana Xiong calls her, would have graduated in June. The director of the Sanger Excessive Regional Occupation Program personally donated $250 to begin the scholarship. The rapid objective is to award two scholarships this 12 months to classmates who would have graduated with Allie. The long run objective is to solicit sufficient donations to create an yearly recurring scholarship.
“I’m in full help of this lovely avenue to honor Allie and am dedicated to serving to it attain its most potential,” Xiong mentioned. “It’s really a constructive technique to allow different college students to maintain striving for his or her academic targets.”
Swim Teammates Supply Remembrance
Tuesday afternoon, the Sanger Excessive swim workforce will host their ‘Senior Evening’ the place the swimmers costume up, create hand painted posters for every of the seniors on the workforce and bounce into the pool afterward. The workforce is making a poster in reminiscence of Allie as effectively.
“It’s really a constructive technique to allow different college students to maintain striving for his or her academic targets.”–Dana Xiong, mom of Allison ‘Allie’ Chang
“These children can have an incredible poster made for Allie,” mentioned swim coach Hillary Boos. She says a the seniors will likely be acknowledged following Tuesday’s swim meet.
Allison Tia Chang Memorial Scholarship
In keeping with the college, Chang was very lively, attending practically each highschool occasion. She participated in water polo, swim, and served as editor-in-chief of the college newspaper.
“Allie was small in stature however had a giant coronary heart. She had a charismatic presence on campus,” says instructor Daybreak Pearson who helps spearhead the scholarship. “The scholarship is put aside for college kids who’re fascinated with journalism , images and athletics, all areas the place she excelled and spent the vast majority of her time.”
Pearson additionally desires to assist additional consciousness of the risks of road racing by persevering with to inform Allie’s story 12 months after 12 months.
“We hope folks will keep in mind this tragedy and suppose twice earlier than partaking within the reckless habits that took Allie’s life and the lives of her cousins. We miss her terribly,” mentioned Pearson.
Pearson says folks can donate into the scholarship for this 12 months’s fund up till Could 1. She is hoping they increase sufficient cash to conscious two $500 scholarship winners. “If we get extra donations we could possibly afford extra,” she says.
Allie’s household will select the 2 recipients in June.
Pearson mentioned requests for added data may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
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Elevated Penalties Looked for ‘Sideshow’ Actions
In the meantime, the Meeting Transportation Committee on Monday handed AB 3, authored by Bakersfield Assemblyman Vince Fong, that goals to extend penalties for these convicted of unlawful road racing actions.
The invoice would permit judges to droop drivers licenses for exhibition of velocity offenses, which embrace spinning tires, doing donuts, revving engines and different frequent car “sideshow” actions.
“We have to enhance the penalties for unlawful road racing actions to ship a message that this exercise won’t be tolerated,” mentioned Fong in a press release.
Ongoing Road Racing Operation
The Fresno Police Division has teamed up with the Fresno County Sheriff’s Workplace, California Freeway Patrol, and the State Bureau of Automotive Restore on a number of road racing enforcement operations since February.
Within the newest operation a couple of week in the past, officers impounded 29 automobiles, issued 196 citations, and made 12 DUI arrests. These numbers are pulled from the 234 automobiles that have been stopped in complete.
A number of the essential focus areas have been on Blackstone close to Nees, and Herndon between Freeway 99 and Freeway 41.
2020 Deadly Accidents
Fresno PD says in 2020 officers responded to 55 deadly collisions leading to 63 deaths.
The division posted the statistic on their official Instagram account with the caption, “Why we do what we do.” An image of Allison Chang and her cousins was used within the submit.