Crash Victim Lives on Through Friends

Friends and family of a young woman who was killed last Friday in a traffic accident want to keep her legacy of giving alive.

At a memorial site online, 70 candles have been lit for Melissa Ann Porter. 

The 25-year old from Santee was exiting Interstate 805 at Clairemont Mesa Boulevard when her Chevy pickup truck crossed lanes of traffic.

"Her truck struck a parked tractor trailer and both vehicles caught fire," Sgt. Ramona Hastings said.

A passer-by pulled Porter from the pickup truck, but it was too late to save her. Porter died at the scene.

"I cannot recall a person I've met in the past five years who was so beautiful and down-to-earth at the same time," writes Noi, a friend.

Services will be held at the Soka Gakkai International, in Kearny Mesa (4828 Ronson Court) at 1 p.m. on May 23 for friends, family and people in the community who knew Porter. 

The creators of the online memorial are also asking people to support a fundraiser at Stingaree on June 2 to help continue Porter's work with several charities and programs.

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