The Budd Lake community is mourning the loss of a 19-year-old woman who became an organ donor after being killed at a motorsports event last weekend.
Katie L. Falgiano was ejected from a vehicle she was riding in and partially pinned beneath it at Mountain Madness in upstate New York around 9 p.m. Saturday, the Montgomery County Sheriff's officials said.
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Several bystanders pulled Falgiano out from under the car before first responders arrived. She was flown to Albany Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead, authorities said.
More than $13,000 had been raised on a GoFundMe for Falgiano, a Fredon native, as of Monday morning.
"A vivacious chameleon with an unrivaled zest for life," Chantal Donofrio wrote on Facebook.
"Genuine, smart, mischievous and kind. She never turned down a challenge or experience, in fact, she chased them and excelled."
Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, June 21, at the Leber-Lakeside Funeral Home in Landing. Cremation will be private.
The Falgiano family asks that a piece of jewelry be purchased from www.4ocean.com to help clean up the world's oceans in Katie's memory.
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