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Lauren Gile

Posted: Saturday, July 24, 2010 12:00 am | Updated: 12:52 pm, Mon Jul 26, 2010.

A Galt High School student who was hit by a car in front of the school in April 2009 has died from her injuries.

Lauren Gile, 17, died on July 12 at her home from a long illness related to the traumatic brain injury she suffered from the accident.

Gile was crossing near A Street with another student to go get some food before school. They were not in a crosswalk, and she was hit by an eastbound 1995 Chevrolet Prizm.

The driver, Corey Ritter, 40, was never charged in the crash, according to Sacramento County court records. Galt police have notified the District Attorney of Gile's death, and prosecutors are reviewing it, Lt. Brian Vizzusi said.

At the time of the accident, police said the rising sun could have been a factor.

Gile was a Girl Scout Brownie and a mascot for the Lodi Huskies Pop Warner Cheerleaders. She enjoyed cheerleading for the Lodi Bobcats and the Galt Chiefs Pop Warner organization. Gile was a sophomore at Galt High, and she was also in German Club.

Her family said she loved camping, music, being with friends at school, and her cat, Dusty.

She is survived by her parents, Mike and Kathy Gile, and two brothers, Joel and Spenser.

Memorial services will be held at noon today at Herberger's Elk Grove Funeral Chapel at 9101 Elk Grove Boulevard.

Donations in memory of Gile should be sent to Head Trauma Support Project, P.O. Box 215666, Sacramento, CA 95821. Their phone number is 916-568-6660.

Contact reporter Maggie Creamer at maggiec@lodinews.com or read her blog at www.lodinews. com/blogs/city_buzz.

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