CT teen's bucket list inspires thousands after her death

Rebecca Townsend's family says she died completing the last item on her bucket list, which was to save a life.

Rebecca Townsend's family says she died completing the last item on her bucket list, which was to save a life. (7/14/15)

DANBURY - Thousands of people are celebrating the life and poignant bucket list of a Connecticut teen who was struck and killed by a car earlier this month.

Rebecca Townsend's family says she died completing the last item on her bucket list, which was to save a life.

Police say the 17-year-old from Brookfield was struck and killed by a car while she was walking on Lake Avenue in Danbury. Her family says right before that accident, she pushed her friend out of the way of the oncoming car.

Townsend had just graduated from Immaculate High School and was planning to attend the University of Notre Dame in the fall.

Mourners say they are honoring their friend by being kind -- or paying it forward.

As they perform their random acts of kindness, they hand out memorial cards that carry Townsend's picture and story. They say it encourages others to continue paying it forward.

They've also turned to social media, sharing her story around the world. A Facebook page, "Remembering Rebecca," has received more than 24,000 likes.

On the page is Townsend's bucket list, which contains just three items: "Kiss in the rain, Fly to Spain, Save a life."

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Trending Video

News 12 asked viewers what they thought of 1 Connecticut Talks Trump: First 100 Days
Suchada Palmer, a personal chef and culinary instructor, 2 Chef's Quick Tip: Papaya Salad
Doctors say the recent spring weather has caused 3 Warm weather causes trouble for asthma patients
News 12 asked residents what they thought about 4 Westchester Talks Trump: First 100 days
Connecticut Traffic Advisory for 4/28 5 Connecticut Traffic Advisory for 4/28

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Features

Focus on Connecticut Focus on Connecticut

Features local, state and federal officials discussing the issues around southwestern Connecticut.

Celebrates African-American culture in southwestern Connecticut. Our Lives

Celebrates African-American culture in southwestern Connecticut.

Each week News 12 Connecticut introduces you to Hometown Hero

News 12 highlights people who give to the community.

We spotlight a local team each week. Connecticut Team of the Week

Each week News 12 Connecticut highlights a team from a local school.

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.

LOGIN SUBSCRIBE