It’s strange how life takes unexpected and cruel steps to make an innocent wish come true. A teen Rebecca Townsend from Danbury, Connecticut, USA died in a road accident after being hit by a car while she saved her friend Ben Arne pushing him out of the path of the oncoming car. She had three wishes in her bucket list; nobody knew the third one would be checked in this way.
May her soul rest in peace.
Rebecca Townsend of Danbury, Connecticut, USA died after being struck by a car while crossing a street along with her friend, who was seriously injured in the accident.
When she was a sophomore in Immaculate High School, Danbury, she wrote her bucket list as a part of a class assignment.
The 17-year-old girl from Connecticut had three wishes in her list: to travel to Spain, to kiss in the rain, and to save a life.
After preparing her bucket list, Rebecca checked two of her three wishes: She traveled to Spain with her family and also kissed her boyfriend in the rain, as told by her sister Victoria Townsend.
She had completed her graduation from her high school this very spring and was ready to attend Notre Dame University in the fall.
On Thursday, 2nd July, Rebecca was hanging out with her friends, watching fireworks. On her way back, she and her friend Ben Arne, 17, were struck by a car. Ben survived, but unfortunately Rebecca died.
The accident took place near Lake Avenue near the Westside Campus of Western Connecticut State University. The local Police are asking witnesses to come forward, which involved a 23-year-old driver.
After Ben was discharged from the hospital, he visited the Townsend family and told them that Rebecca had saved his life by pushing him away from the car without giving a thought to her life. “He said, ‘The last thing I remember is Rebecca pushing me and telling me to hurry up,'” Victoria Townsend said.
It was when Rebecca’s sisters and cousins were sitting in her room, they discovered her bucket list. The Townsend family realized that Rebecca had fulfilled her wish by saving Ben’s life. “It was a little sign that she was OK,” they believe.
The family has set up a Facebook page called ‘Remembering Rebecca’ to encourage others to “remember Rebecca by going out and doing something that matters”.
People have responded beautifully to the Facebook page and are embracing her memory with beautiful gestures, such as paying forward for Coffee at Starbucks.
And buying others yoga classes.
Rachel Hofstetter, Rebecca’s cousin said that the main thing her family wants people to take away from Rebecca’s death is to always show your love to others.
“The best we thing can take out of the story, and really the most important part of it, is Rebecca was full of love, and we have so many opportunities to show this love,” Rachel said.