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Family of Middleton teen killed in crash holds vigil, speaks out against distracted driving

A memorial table set up for Ashtyn Walsh, posted to the candlelight vigil event page by host Tessa Salvador Rosales.
A memorial table set up for Ashtyn Walsh, posted to the candlelight vigil event page by host Tessa Salvador Rosales.

The family of a Middleton teenager killed in a rollover crash on Wednesday is holding a memorial vigil with the goal of preventing distracted driving, according to the girl's aunt.

Idaho State Police said they believe Ashtyn Walsh, 16, may have been using her cell phone while driving when her 2000 Dodge Ram pickup went off the should of the road and she overcorrected, rolling the vehicle. Two other teen girls were injured in the crash.

A Facebook event page for the candlelight vigil says it will be held from 6-9 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3. It will be held at Roadside Park on Main Street in Middleton.

Walsh's aunt, Katherine Grijalva, said the event will include an oath for attendees to sign pledging to refrain from distracted driving.

"We're using this tragedy to try to band together," Grijalva wrote in a Facebook message. "If we can just save one more family from going (through) the devastation and heartache that we are, then it will all be worth it."

Grijalva said the pickup that Walsh was driving will also be at the event. A GoFundMe page has been set up to help Walsh's family with funeral costs.

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