Updated 03/06/2013 05:37 PM
Funeral held for 18-year-old accident victim
An 18-year-old accident victim's family and friends said their final goodbyes during a funeral service Wednesday. Our Andrew Sorensen tells us how they are remembering Anna Pullano.
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MATTYDALE, N.Y. -- It was clear from the faces of the people packing St. Margaret's Wednesday, Anna Pullano was someone pretty special.
"I'll miss you Anna!" former classmate Carrie Griffo said.
"And I love you!" added Kalia Zell.
Pullano died Saturday morning after driving her SUV into the path of a CENTRO bus, but the 18-year-old Westhill High School senior left her mark.
"I can't believe how beautiful this is, all these people are here for her, she deserves everything," Zell said.
Her friends and family brought some of her most treasured possessions to tell her story. They remember her as an athlete.
"We did ski club together," recalled Zell.
Toni Colella remembered her creative side, saying, "She was a really good artist. I definitely admired her for that."
And they remember her remarkable character.
"She had this ridiculous long Christmas sweater pajama dress with a Christmas tree and she wore it during Christmas time for gym class and then every other gym class after that," Griffo said.
"We went on a spontaneous road trip and we had no music to listen to in the car except for Madeline, the old TV show, and we just blasted it," Zell remembered.
Her friends are left with their memories of a budding photographer, who dreamed of owning her own business.
"I wish we had more time, but we're so lucky. I'm so glad I got to know her so well," Zell said.
Pullano definitely left an impression.
Pullano's family and friends held a candlelight vigil earlier this week. She was also honored at the high school's sectional championship basketball game.