NORTH ATTLEBORO — The family and friends of a North woman whose caring spirit may well save the lives of others are mourning her loss today after she was killed in a traffic accident on Interstate 495 in Raynham Friday morning.
Alexis L. Felix, 22, of Pickford Street was pronounced dead at Morton Hospital in Taunton, where she was taken by ambulance after the 7 a.m. crash, state police said.
State police said Felix apparently lost control of her 1993 Lexus after entering the northbound lanes of I-495 from the Route 24 North ramp and crossed all three lanes.
As her car crossed the highway, it was struck by a 2008 GMC Sierra pickup truck, causing the Lexus to rollover into the median, state police said.
The driver of the pickup truck, a 27-year-old Plymouth man whose name was not released, was not injured.
Felix, who lived at 2 Pickford St. with her grandmother Sandra Felix, was described by her dad Brian Felix as “a typical, sweet 22-year-old girl” who was “caring and full of life.”
“She cared for others more than herself,” he said Friday night. “She was very outgoing and always willing to help. She was hardworking and fun loving.”
Sandra Felix, who was too grief stricken to speak at length, echoed her son.
“She was a sweetheart, she was always giving,” she said.
Alexis’ mother lives in Texas and was enroute to North Attleboro on Friday night.
Even at the age of 22, a time when death is far from the minds of most young people, Felix recognized that something could happen to her some day and made the decision to become an organ donor.
Her dad said the process has been started to donate his daughter’s organs to those who need them, those who may well live on for many years because of her thoughtfulness and generosity.
Felix worked in a caring profession.
She was a certified nursing assistant at Maple Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Wrentham.
Felix learned the profession at Tri-County Vocational Technical High School in Franklin where she was an honor student and a graduate of the CNA program in 2012.
Friends took to social media to mourn her loss.
Jane Annis was one.
“You were the most generous person out there, always thinking of others,” she wrote to Felix on a Facebook post. “Heaven is lucky to have you.”
For another, Alexis was like a daughter.
“Alexis, as I sit here weeping for you, I’m going to miss you dearly,” said Shirley Duncan on a Facebook post. “You were like one of my daughters.”
Others remembered her smile and love of life.
“Lexy was a beautiful soul, inside and out,” Dani Lima wrote. “Her smile could light up a(n) entire room.”
A high school friend also recalled Felix’s smile and how it helped on the worst of days.
“She was so full of life,” said Connor Brown. “That smile could make anyone’s day brighter.”
Her dad said she was working two jobs at the time of her death. She held down a full time position at the nursing home and a part time job as a server in a restaurant.
“She was saving money for the future,” he said.
The cause of the crash remains under investigation by state police at the Middleboro barracks with help from the state police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section. The state police Crime Scene Services Section is also assisting.
The left travel lanes of I-495 on both sides of the highway were closed for about two hours after the accident.
No charges have been filed.
Source: The Sun Chronicle