Orange teen’s organs give the ‘gift of life’ to 4 people; remembrance planned for her

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A teen from Orange who died Saturday from injuries sustained from being hit by a car June 23, gave the “gift of life” to four people through organ donation, her mother, Misty Dawn Thompson said this week in a message to the Courant.

Meanwhile, Thompson has invited family and friends to remember her daughter, Chance Dian Thompson from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Cody-White Funeral Home, 107 Broad St. in Milford. .

Thompson has said the organ donations are fitting because Chance, 19, was “the most kind, caring, loving and passionate young lady you will ever find.”

In lieu of flowers, Thompson has asked for memorial contributions to be made to the Orange Historical Society, a cause dear to her daughter’s heart. Chance, a history buff, was a docent with the organization and one of its youngest board members ever.

A tribute through the funeral home states: “Chance cared more about others than herself. If she wasn’t helping someone with homework, offering her shoulder to cry on, encouraging others to preserver no matter what the odds were or just helping a complete stranger.”

The tribute states that Chance was an honors graduate of The Sound School in New Haven and at the time of her death had just completed her freshman year at Eastern Connecticut State University where she was majoring in history and minoring in anthropology.

“Chance had many passions in life from reading, volunteering at the Orange Historical Society, watching anime with her best friend Emma, planning her future or just hanging out with her many friends to name a few,” the tribute states.

Chance loved reading so much that she would always walk out with more than one book after visiting a book store and loved history, especially European history, and planned to visit Italy and other parts of Europe in the coming year.

Chance was hit by a white 2012 Volkswagen Jetta while walking home from a doctor’s appointment on Old Tavern Road near the intersection of Racebrook Road and Boston Post Road, police said.

A 17-year-old female from West Haven was driving the Volkswagen Jetta, according to police. The operator stopped at the scene and has been cooperative during the ongoing investigation, police said.

Some witnesses have come forward following the incident, but Orange police ask if anyone has information about this case, they reach out to Officer Denny Peterson at 203-891-2130, ext. 8409.