Car crash victim that inspired thousands died Sunday morning

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UPDATE (X2):  Hospital spokesman Brad Fisher confirmed that Olivia Mills died at DCH Sunday morning after she was injured in a car crash.

UPDATE: Upon hearing the inspiring story of Olivia Mills, one kindhearted person set out to create a shirt supporting Olivia.

The shirt, which says Team Olivia Mills, is a purple shirt aimed at raising support for Mills and, ultimately, money for Olivia and her family.

In order for the shirt to be printed, 125 shirts must be sold in six days. To purchase a shirt, click here.

ORIGINAL: NORTHPORT, Ala. (WIAT) – The family and friends of Olivia Mills have been praying for a miracle.  On her way home from church on Sunday, the 17-year-old Sipsey Valley High School senior lost control of her car and crashed.  Mills has been in the hospital ever since in a medically induced coma.

However, while she’s been sleeping, Olivia has been working miracles across the world.

Teachers say, there’s nothing Olivia Mills can’t do.

In her four years at Sipsey Valley High School, she has been a cheerleader, ambassador, choir member, volleyball and tennis player.  She had recently been nominated to the school’s homecoming court.

This week was suppose to be homecoming, although it has been postponed in light of her accident.  Friends say you’ll never see Olivia without a smile.

Mills is also very involved at her church, Christ Harbor United Methodist in Northport.  Olivia’s faith and religion is also something that can’t go without mention.

It’s something that has been offering the people close to her comfort during the past week.  It’s something that’s also been impacting a lot of strangers over social media like Facebook and Twitter.

Over 36,000 people have liked the “Prayers for Olivia Mills” Facebook page.

Posts often start with the phrase, “I don’t know Olivia but…”  Olivia’s story has spread like wildfire across social media.

On the Facebook page there are greetings and prayer requests coming in from as far away as Germany.

Many posters say reading about Olivia’s faith and the strength of her family and friends has renewed their own faith.

It’s a phenomenon that’s also evident throughout the Tuscaloosa County School system.  Administrators say immediately after the accident, there were at least 25 students waiting in the hospital lobby for news.

They say that trend has continued and grown every single evening after school.  Students at Sipsey Valley High School now start their days in prayer at the flagpole.

Principal Dennis Alvarez says there have been as many as 250 students gathered at the student-led morning service.  To put it in perspective, Alvarez explains that there are only about 100 students in the high school’s senior class.

Other schools have joined in prayer.  Tuscaloosa County and Hillcrest High School have both sent over tailgating signs, which are commonly used at Friday night football games.

However, instead of the usual good-natured sports smack talk, the signs contain only prayers for Olivia Mills.  Middle and high schools across the county have also held their own prayer circles in the mornings at the flagpoles.

At Friday’s game, Sipsey Valley will be decked out in Olivia’s favorite color: purple.  Alvarez says two purple ribbons will be painted on either side of the field.  Football players will wear purple socks, and over 250 purple balloons will be released.


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