Heartbroken mother remembers daughter killed in rollover accident
Reporter: Marcelino Benito
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - A young life, cut far too short by a rollover accident early Sunday morning. It happened on Ina Rd, just west of Wade. Deputies say speed likely played a factor. Two of the passengers survived the crash, but the driver 16-year-old Julia Good did not.
"This all just happened so suddenly," said Cathi Pike, Julia's mother.
What happened down this winding way is only part of the story. It ends in tragedy alongside the road, but Julia's mother doesn't want people to remember how her daughter died, but rather how she lived.
"She found a lot of things she believed in," Pike said. "It seemed her whole life revolved around wanting to be a police officer."
At just 16 years old, a junior at Marana High School, Julia wanted to study criminal justice at Northern Arizona University. She'd already taken NYPD's written exam, scored an 83. It was impressive for her age, says her family. She loved to sing, joke, just a fun loving teenager. And that was just the beginning of what her family hoped would be a bright future.
"I want them to remember what a beautiful girl she was," Pike said. "What a good girl she was. I want them to remember her and those beautiful sundresses that she wore to school everyday with her cowboy boots."
Monday night those cowboy boots sat in the kitchen waiting for a return that will never happen. They sat in the very room where Julia and her mother feared the worst just a few days ago.
"Not even two weeks ago, we were standing in the kitchen and she asked me, 'what would you do if I died mom?'" said Pike. "I said 'Julia I don't know how I would go on, I'm sure I wouldn't want to go on. I don't know how I'd get through it.'"
Julia's family knows they have no choice but to go on. Her mother rallied the strength to share Julia's story showing us hand-written notes left behind from daughter to mother and mother to daughter. A simple I love you and see you tomorrow that will never come.
"I guess I have no regrets," Pike said. "I hugged and kissed my daughter everyday. I told her how proud I was of her everyday. I told her I loved her everyday. So she knew it. I would tell parents, please do that with your kids cause you just never know what could happen."
And the family holds tightly to that love now as they work to understand what happened down this dipping road.
"Please be very careful," Pike said. "Kids listen to your parents. There's no reason you need to be driving out there at midnight."
The family is working to plan funeral and memorial services for Julia. They also tell 9OYS they plan to hold a candlelight vigil at the crash site for later this week.