Remembering an innocent victim

April 13, 2009 9:03:33 PM PDT
A gathering was held to remember a woman who was killed when two Houston Fire Department trucks collided late last month. Leigh Boone was riding her bicycle near the collision. She died over the weekend from her injuries.[SIGN UP: Get headlines and breaking news sent to you]

On Monday friends and family gathered at one of her favorite hangouts. Throughout the evening friends, family and coworkers stopped by the Poison Girl Bar to share memories of 29-year-old Leigh Boone. Several pictures have been on display and a message board began seeing ink early in the evening as well. This Montrose area bar is just feet away from where the accident occurred.

It was back on March 30 that Boone was riding her bicycle when two fire trucks responding to a call collided at the intersection of Westheimer and Dunlavy. Boone was crushed when one of the ladder trucks toppled over. She had been in a coma since the accident but passed away Saturday.

Her best friend says she could always lift spirits.

"She had this infectious laugh," remembered Rachel Hewlett. "She would get me laughing and I would get her laughing and it would go on for like 20 minutes before it would stop and it was just out of exhaustion that we were like, 'OK, not funny anymore.'"

Boone's family is selling t-shirts to help with memorial and funeral expenses.

The driver of the ladder truck, Warren Ducote, was cited for running a red light causing that collision. The district attorney's vehicular crimes department is also looking into the crash, to see if any charges will be filed.

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