Saved friend’s life: Rebecca Townsend Bucket List

Published: July 14, 2015

Saved friend’s life: Rebecca Townsend Bucket List, A Connecticut teen was struck and killed by a car as she saved her friend’s life, tragically completing a “bucket list” she’d written for a high school assignment.

Rebecca Townsend, 17, had written a letter to her future self in December 2012 as an assignment at Immaculate High School in Danbury, Conn. Her sisters found the piece of paper, including her three-item bucket list, on her bed shortly after she died July 2.

“Kiss in the rain,” she wrote. “Fly to Spain. Save a life (not really scary though).”

The gifted teen had completed the first two items of the list, with a trip to Spain with her parents and after sharing a rainy kiss with her boyfriend, Niko.

The third was her final act in life. Rebecca shoved 17-year-old Benjamin Arne out of the way as a car barreled towards them about 9 p.m. that night in Danbury.

Rebecca Townsend, 17, died July 2 when she pushed a friend out of the way as they were both hit by a car while crossing a street in Danbury, Conn.
The friends had just watched a local fireworks show. Ben survived and was hospitalized immediately afterwards in serious but stable condition, authorities told the Danbury News-Times.

He visited Rebecca’s grief-stricken family after he was released from the hospital, the girl’s sister, Victoria, told Buzzfeed.

“He said, ‘The last thing I remember is Rebecca pushing me and telling me to hurry up,'” Victoria told the site.

Another sister, Monica Townsend, read the bucket list as she eulogized her youngest sister, the family’s “bonus baby,” on July 7.

Rebecca had completed the first two bucket list items earlier in life and finished the last one as her last act alive.
“Who knows why Rebecca was looking at that letter the night she left us but I think it’s her little way of telling us she is OK; she accomplished what she needed to; she made it.”

The teen excelled in high school, starting a local chapter of a charity called She’s the First, which sponsors education for girls in third world countries to help them become the first in their families to graduate from secondary school, according to the News-Times.

Rebecca was set to attend the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind., this fall.

“She was a wonderful, wonderful person,” Immaculate High School principal Joe Carmen told the newspaper.


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