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Community rallies around family of Palmer Twp. girl hit, killed by car

PALMER TWP., Pa. - A Northampton County community is coming together to help a mother after the unexpected loss of her daughter.

On Friday night, Emma Raymondo, 12, was struck by a car in the 3400 block of Nazareth Road (Route 248).

Kayleen Raymondo, Emma's mother, says the girl was with her siblings making a familiar trip to the nearby Sheetz. She says the kids went to get ice cream.

Emma was just feet away from her home when she was hit. 

Police say the driver who hit Emma remained on scene and is cooperating with authorities. 

Emma was rushed to Lehigh Valley Hospital Cedar Crest where she died a few hours later.

Kayleen says her daughter excelled in school, was a yellow belt in karate and volunteered every week to help her younger peers.

"She just got inducted in the National Honors Society. She was a perfect kid," her mother said sobbing. 

Close relatives set up a GoFundMe site to help Emma's mother lay her daughter to rest.

Neighbors, teachers from Easton Area Middle School, and complete strangers are pitching in to help ease the unexpected financial burden.

Emma's family also hopes something else can be done to make the street safer.

"I think they need to lower the speed limit. There's plenty of shoulder for sidewalks and street lights," added Kayleen.

Earlier this year, police investigated a fatal pedestrian hit-and-run along Route 248 about a mile from where Emma was hit.

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