Arcadia High Student Struck on Duarte Road

Student’s death also affected Temple City youth.

Written by VOICE STAFF / Published April 15, 2011

Alice Zhang, a 16-year old junior at Arcadia High School was hit by a car on April 9, on the corner of Baldwin Avenue and Duarte Road, killing her.

Zhang was said to be walking with a friend at around 6:45 P.M when the incident happened. She was hit by a 20-year old ex-Arcadia High School student, who had claimed that the sun was in his eyes, causing the accident. He has gotten off with no charges, despite the regularity in cases like these resulting in charges of involuntary manslaughter. There is still an ongoing investigation. Zhang’s friend who was with her is being treated for serious injuries at the Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena.

The following day at Arcadia High School, the principal had delivered the message.

“Alice was an excellent student with a 3.91 GPA,” Principal David Vannasdall said. “and she was very connected to Arcadia High School outside of the school day.”

Zhang was a prominent member in the track team, girls’ cross country team, physics team, and an incoming member of both Senior Men and Women, as well as the Government team. She was an Advanced Placement student, including AP English. Furthermore, she was also a tutor at TIME Education Center.

“Alice is determined, friendly, and inquisitive,” her AP English teacher Johnny said. “She never wavered in any situation and smiled always.”

Her death has affected not only Arcadia High School, but local Temple City youth who knew of Zhang.

On Duarte Road where Zhang was struck, a memorial was built, showered with flowers, posters, and toys given by friends and family members. Donations and letters are also being collected by Alice’s parents.

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