18-year-old UF hit and run victim Margaret Paxton remembered by best friend

Published: Dec. 10, 2020 at 11:12 PM EST
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB) -Brave, bold and outgoing are just a few words that Kelly Shearer uses to describe her best friend who was taken from her too soon.

“I want people to know how great of a person she was,” said Shearer.

Gainesville Police say that at around 11 PM Wednesday night, 18-year-old Margaret Paxton was crossing University Avenue when she was struck and killed by a vehicle that left the scene.

“Truly a fighter in everything that she went through,” mentioned Shearer. The two started at the University of Florida together and met in 9th grade in Jacksonville.

“She would always let me hang out with her and her friends which I really appreciated,” added Shearer. “I would say she’s definitely like my most genuine friend.”

Police are still searching for the driver of the BMW sedan they suspect left the scene.


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