Reflection ceremony honors 7-year-old killed last April

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by Karma Dickerson

WHAS11.com

Posted on April 10, 2013 at 6:08 AM

Updated Wednesday, Apr 10 at 6:20 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Family and friends gathered Tuesday to remember a young Louisville girl killed last April. Seven-year-old Aiyana Osburn died when she was hit while crossing the road in the Buechel Neighborhood.
 
A year after losing Aiyana her family came together to remember her life. The occasion wasn't somber, and instead of choosing the spot where a driver crashed in to the 7-year-old, her family chose to have a reflection ceremony at Petersburg Park – Aiyana’s favorite place.

“Today is about celebrating her life and letting her know we wish she was here,” Sherman Ward, Aiyana’s father, said.
 
But still, her father said he can't shake the memory of that day last April when he and Aiyana stepped off the bus on Buechel Bank Road and into the path of an oncoming car.

“The only thing I remember about that day is seeing my little baby fly up in the air,” he said. “That day just plays in my mind.”

The driver of the car, Michael Penick, turned out to be distantly related to the 7-year-old victim. Though police said he wasn't speeding, he was cited for violating house arrest, driving with a suspended license and without insurance.

Before Tuesday's ceremony, Aiyana's father marked the accident site with a cross, but he and his family said they prefer to think of Aiyana where she was happiest - at the park.

The driver that hit Aiyana is currently in jail awaiting trial for unrelated felony charges.
 

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