Family Of 19-Year-Old Alexis Rumer Grieving Loss Of A Young Woman Lost To Drunk Driver
SURPRISE, Ariz. – The Phoenix-area family of 19-year-old Alexis Rumer are grieving her loss, a young woman who they knew as a source of positive energy and encouragement for everyone she met. This is the second child the family has lost to a drunk driver.
Alexi’s mother Susan Pendleton said, “Her attitude was ‘If you think positive thoughts, then positive things are going to happen to you.” Friends and family said that Alexis was a ray of positive energy.
According to the Surprise Police Department, the crash happened just before 11 p.m. on Monday at the Reems Road and Waddell Road intersection when a suspected drunk driver slammed his truck into Alexis’s car. Alexis died at the scene and her 20-year-old passenger, Kyle Wright, was injured.
The incident is still being investigated by detectives. The drunk driver has not been publicly identified, but based on a 911 call by a bystander, the intoxicated drunk driver made threats towards other people at a nearby business before he sped off.
The vehicle of the suspect was located by an officer who responded to the incident. As the officer approached, the man attempted to make a traffic stop, but then he sped off before colliding with Alexis’s vehicle.
Pendleton said in an interview this isn’t her first time dealing with the devastation of losing a child. She had five daughters, but her second child died due to a drunk driver. Now she lost Alexis to another drunk driver.
Alexis had just graduated from high school and worked at a local restaurant. She was also taking classes at a college and wanted to be a pharmacist. She also had plans to go to Mexico for an upcoming trip. A candlelight vigil was held at her memorial service. A GoFundMe account has also been set up for Alexis’ family.