COSTA MESA — Classmates of a Newport Harbor High School teen hit by an SUV outside the school two weeks ago are raising money to help her family pay for her medical expenses as she recovers in intensive care.
"Our goal is to raise as much money as possible to help the family's medical bills," said Alexandra Holbrook, 17, a Harbor senior. "She's just a really nice girl, someone you can't imagine this happening to."
Alexandra and her classmates were collecting donations in front of the Ralphs on 17th Street, a few blocks from where 17-year-old Crystal Morales was hit Dec. 6 while crossing Irvine Avenue toward Margaret Drive.
"She's got a good support group," said Cathy Armstrong, who donated to the cause Monday and lives across the street from Harbor. "It's so sad, tragic."
Police said Marnie Lippincott, 38, of Costa Mesa hit Morales; Lippincott was on her way to pick up one of her own children.