Jayden Baldree, a student at Sparrows Point High School recalled for her infectious personality, died in a hit-and-run crash early Monday morning. She was 16 and lived in Dundalk.
She was bicycling northbound along North Point Boulevard near Baltimore Street in Dundalk when a car struck her.
Her mother, Calen Baldree, said her daughter died at the scene.
“Jayden was funny, artistic and she lit up any room with her smile,” her mother said. “She was a joy to have – she was considerate, and giving and always speaking up for the underdog.”
Born in Baltimore County at Franklin Square Hospital, she was the daughter of Calen Baldree and James Gill Jr. She was raised by Gregory Cassidy, whom she considered a father, and her mother.
Jayden attended Chesapeake Terrace and Edgemere Elementary schools before enrolling at Sparrows Point High School. She enjoyed listening to music, painting and roller skating.
Her mother said Jayden had a summer job and was working at Skateland North Point, a skating rink.
“It was her dream job,” her mother said. “She was working hard to become a floor rep and she had learned to skate forward and backward. She always got to work early.”
“She was free-spirited,” her mother said. “She was a strong, beautiful girl. I had her when I was 18 and she made me a mom and she made me the best person I could be. I lived my life for her.”
She also said: “Jayden was loved by a very large family.”
The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the Duda-Ruck Funeral Home of Dundalk, 7922 Wise Ave.
A funeral service will be held Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Duda-Ruck Home. The service will be followed by cremation.
In addition to her mother, survivors include her stepfather, Matthew O’Kelley; two brothers, Ethan Cassidy and Cameron O’Kelley; a stepbrother, Ryder O’Kelley; her stepmother, Cynthia Robertson, all of Baltimore County; a grandmother, Jennifer Most, and her husband, Roland Most, of Denton; and her grandfather, David Baldree, and his wife, Dawne Baldree of Lynchburg, Virginia.
She is also survived by Michael Farren, her step-grandfather.