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High School Student Dies of Injuries From Accident

May 18, 1999|ANDREW BLANKSTEIN

A Granada Hills High School junior critically injured in a Mother's Day auto accident died after a nearly weeklong struggle to live, a hospital spokeswoman said Monday.

Emily Pilkinton, 17, was pronounced dead at 10:36 a.m. Saturday, said Tiffani Duval, spokeswoman for Providence Holy Cross Hospital.

Pilkinton was hospitalized after suffering massive head injuries when the car she was riding in slammed into a parked moving van May 9 on the Wilbur Avenue bridge over the 118 Freeway.

Hundreds of teenagers, teachers and family members visited the accident site last week to leave flowers, poems, candles and cards. They also hung 6-foot-long posters on the freeway bridge bearing handwritten messages.

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