LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - More than 100 people gathered in front of Chancey Elementary School to honor an 11-year-old boy hit and killed in an accident over the weekend.
According to Louisville Metro Police detectives, Dylan Geitgey was riding his bike June 26 on Shenandoah Drive when he was hit. Police said 30-year-old Angela Baumia was behind the wheel of her Ford Escort when she hit Dylan. Police said Baumia told them she lost control, but they also said alcohol is definitely a factor, are unclear to what extent. LMPD spokesperson Dwight Mitchell said they are waiting on blood test results.
While she has not been arrested or charged in this case, Mitchell said police are consulting with the Commonwealth Attorney's office to determine what charges Baumia, who court records show had a DUI six years ago, could face.
As the investigation continues, Dylan's friends and family are trying to deal with his loss. Dylan had just graduated from 5th grade at Chancey Elementary, the same place where his friends, both kids and adult, honored him.
"We are here today to celebrate the life of a very, very, wonderful child," one woman said. "He was the kind of friend that you want your child to be friends with."
Dylan's friends shared their memories aloud and in writing.
"He was a good person, a beautiful spirit and a wonderful person to be around," a woman said.
People described Dylan's sweet personality that was full of energy, especially on the basketball court. Jim Brill, Dylan's coach, said he saw it firsthand.
"For whatever reason every time he made a basket, not only would the bench erupt like we won the Super Bowl, but those in attendance cheered louder than any other play," Brill said.
According to Brill, Dylan's nickname was "Little Marine."
"I'm pretty sure right now up in heaven, Dylan is out on the basketball court dunking," said Brill. "A crowd of angels are going wild with every dribble and basket that he is taking and he is hanging on the rim with a great big smile on his face."
"They are so very please their precious child, Dylan, has touched so many lives in so many ways," said Darren Kreakie, who has known Dylan's family for many years and spoke on behalf of the 11-year-old's parents during the vigil. "Dylan is such a great kid with a huge heart, full of live that everyone touches."
Before the candlelight service wrapped up, there was a moment of silence, after which Dylan's 5th grade graduation song, Green Day's "Time of Your Life," was played.
Kreakie said Dylan's parents could not attend the candlelight vigil because they were still making arrangements to donate their sons' organs.
A visitation and memorial service for Dylan will be held Thursday, July 1 at Northeast Christian Church between 12 Noon and 4 p.m. Dylan will be buried Saturday, July 3 in northeast Ohio where his family is from.