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Family remembers wrong way accident victim

Rochester, N.Y. It was just before 3:00 Saturday morning, family members say 19-year-old Khadijah McKenzie, of Gates, was driving home from a friends house on I-490 when she was hit head on and killed by a wrong way driver.

It was just really selfish, said McKenzies younger sister, 13-year-old Sapphire Lumley, when asked about the wrong way driver that was allegedly drunk when he hit and killed her sister. Theres really no other way to put it other than selfish and irresponsible.

That man is 30-year-old Robert Rector of Fairport.

According to New York State Police Rector was traveling east in the west bound lanes of I-490 between Ames and Child Streets when he hit the car McKenzie was driving.

McKenzie was transported to Strong Memorial Hospital where she died from her injuries.

Rector was treated at Strong and released into police custody. Hes charged with Vehicular Manslaughter and Driving While Intoxicated.

We want justice and we will fight and not give up for Khadijah, said 25-year-old Tabatha Lumley, McKenzies older sister. We love Khadijah, we miss Khadijah and we will do whatever it takes to make sure she would never give up on us, so we will never give up on Khadijah.

McKenzies family described her as the person you wanted in your life.

She was strong, dedicated, fearless, there are just so many words to describe Khadijah, said Tabatha.

She was also a young woman of faith.

[She] loves Psalm 27, said Sapphire. She had a tattoo of it.

A worn Bible laid opened to Psalm 27 on the dresser in McKenzies room.

Her family said she knew it by heart.

It was something she read daily, said Tabatha. It says that God will lead her on a path.

That path was leading her to become a nurse, she was studying at BOCES.

And most recently, to a new job in the post office, she was supposed to start on Saturday.

She got her schedule and she had it up in her room, said Sapphire. Just looking at it was sad. To know what she was about to accomplish in life and she couldnt finish what she started to do.

 
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