Kara Micciche

Kara Micciche (Handout / July 14, 2011)

One of two Anne Arundel County teenagers hit by a passing car while leaving a carnival has died, a family representative said Thursday.

Kara Micciche, 17, had spent a few hours Tuesday evening at the Earleigh Heights Carnival with her 18-year-old boyfriend, Sean William Snyder of Severna Park. They were crossing Ritchie Highway near Earleigh Heights Road about 9 p.m. when they were struck by a car, according to police.

Micciche, a rising junior at Broadneck High School, was declared dead Wednesday at Maryland Shock Trauma Center, a family friend said, and her organs will be donated to seven people.

"She had planned to be a nurse, and now she is giving life to seven others," said Elizabeth Benefiel, a family friend. "We always knew she wanted to be an organ donor. This is a huge consolation to all of us."

Micciche and Benefiel's 17-year-old daughter, Lyndsay, have been close friends for the past six years, Benefiel said. They had planned to join the Air Force together after graduating from high school and both wanted to travel and study nursing. Lyndsay flew home Wednesday from a vacation in South Carolina to be with her friend, Benefiel said.

Micciche's parents are separated, and the girl lived in Pasadena with her father, Joe Micciche, and younger brother, Benefiel said.

About 50 friends, family members and a local pastor held a vigil at the accident scene Wednesday evening. They sang songs, shared memories and placed a cross and photos of Micciche as a roadside memorial.

"But it will only be there for 24 hours," said Benefiel, a Severna Park resident. "Then I will move it to the center island. I don't want any more tragedies."

The annual carnival attracts large crowds and forces many to cross the busy highway. The teens were not in a crosswalk and were wearing dark clothing, according to police. The investigation continues, but police do not expect charges to be filed, department spokesman Justin Mulcahy said.

Snyder, who was also flown to Shock Trauma, remains in critical condition there.

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