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La Grange woman killed in accident

Rebecca Blazzard
Rebecca Blazzard

A young woman from La Grange was killed Monday by a car as she was walking home from college in Provo, Utah, authorities reported.

Rebecca Blazzard, 24, had just attended her first day of classes in her final semester at Brigham Young University, said her aunt, Barbara Blazzard of Modesto. Rebecca Blazzard was due to graduate in April.

"She was on cloud nine, happy and making plans for her wedding," her aunt said. "You always say good things about people (who die), but she really was adored by everyone, an angel here on Earth."

Rebecca Blazzard, a 2001 Hughson High graduate, was a visual arts major with an emphasis in art history, BYU officials said.

At 5:20 p.m. Monday, she was waiting at a crosswalk near 1820 N. University Ave., said police officer Hiatt Bean. Several cars stopped to allow her, and possibly another pedestrian, to pass. But a Subaru in the far-right lane, closest to Blazzard, hit her when it failed to stop.

George Bloch, 66, of Park City, Utah, was driving the 2008 Impreza. No charges have been filed against him and the accident remains under investigation, said Bean. There was no indication that drugs or alcohol were involved. The road was slightly wet and it was beginning to get dark, Bean said, but it was "still pretty light" outside.

Blazzard was taken by ambulance to Utah Valley Regional Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead, he said.

Loved acting and cooking

While she was a student there, Blazzard was often on stage, playing Mother Superior in "The Sound of Music" and Miss Hannigan in "Annie," her aunt said.

She loved fishing and was a "campfire cooking expert," said her aunt. The young woman was famous among friends and family for her fresh blackberry cobbler and campfire breakfast burritos.

Blazzard, the oldest of six children, was a senior at BYU who took time off from school to earn money to finish her degree, Barbara Blazzard said. During that time, Blazzard worked at Yamato Colony Elementary School in Livingston as an instructional aide. She often would use her own time during lunch to read stories to the children, said her aunt, who also teaches at Yamato.

Kate Vasicek was a friend of Blazzard's at BYU. Vasicek lived down the hall from Blazzard and Blazzard's sister, Katherine, when Vasicek was a freshman.

"I used to go to the Blazzards' room and talk and talk and talk and talk," Vasicek wrote in a message to The Bee. "They were so funny, fascinating, and intelligent. Rebecca was studying art history, and I always remember our conversations as being extremely philosophical, intellectually stimulating, rewarding and painful from laughing so hard."

Flags on the BYU campus will fly at half-staff Friday, the day before Blazzard's funeral, said university spokesman Michael Smart.

Her funeral will be held in Hughson at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at 1930 Seventh St. Burial will be in the afternoon at La Grange Cemetery.

"She truly was nothing but good," said Barbara Blazzard. "She was tall and graceful when she walked. She had sparkling blue eyes and dimples when she smiled. And she was always smiling."

Bee staff writer Emilie Raguso can be reached at eraguso@modbee.com or 578-2235.

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