Crash vic­tim re­mem­bered for smile

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Ju­lia Pieroway will be re­mem­bered by peo­ple who knew her for her com­pas­sion, strength and bub­bly per­son­al­ity.

Her friends say they were drawn to the young Wel­land woman, want­ing to know about this girl who lit up a room and had a bright smile on her face.

“She was al­ways smil­ing, if not laugh­ing,” said one of her best friends, Brandi Fyfe.

The 20-year-old Pieroway worked at the En­core bar on Park Street, and lived with her par­ents, sis­ter and brother.

Her friends said she died as a re­sult of a sin­gle-ve­hi­cle crash early Sun­day morn­ing in Ni­a­gara Falls af­ter the driver lost con­trol of the car and hit some small trees af­ter leav­ing the road. The car ended up on its roof.

Jake Pir­son, 22, also of Wel­land, is charged with im­paired driv­ing caus­ing death.

Pieroway was one of four peo­ple in the ve­hi­cle.

Fyfe said Pieroway had a love for life and a love for be­ing with her friends. She was al­ways tak­ing pic­tures and creat­ing mem­o­ries.

She only met Pieroway this year through a mu­tual friend, but they were fast friends. She said af­ter they first started talk­ing, they hung out for the rest of the night.

“We were close from that day on,” Fyfe said. “I felt like I knew her my whole life.”

It’s a com­mon tale among

Pieroway’s friends.

An­other of her best friends, Kayla Za­bor, said they be­came close right away af­ter meet­ing about a year ago. Naomi Ethier, who’s known Pieroway for six years, also be­came friends im­me­di­ately af­ter meet­ing.

Za­bor said it’s hard for her to put who Pieroway was into words. Although she was fun­da­men­tally the same lov­ing per­son, her con­stant drive to try new things, try new styles and meet new peo­ple made her dif­fer­ent on an al­most day-to-day ba­sis.

Ethier said one of her favourite mem­o­ries, she said, is sim­ply sit­ting on Pieroway’s bed eat­ing potato chips and shar­ing se­crets.

“It’s hard to trust peo­ple, but it’s no prob­lem with her,” she said. “I needed that in my life and I could never thank her enough for it.”

Za­bor echoed that sen­ti­ment, say­ing Pieroway was al­ways that per­son she could call at any time.

Vis­i­ta­tion will take place Thurs­day, Nov. 16 from 2-4 p.m. and 6-9 p.m. at H.L. Cud­ney Fu­neral Home, 241 Main St. W., Wel­land.

Fu­neral Mass will take place at the Parish com­mu­nity of St. Kevin’s Church, 303 Ni­a­gara St., Wel­land on Fri­day, Nov. 17 at 10 a.m. Rite of Com­mit­tal to fol­low at Holy Cross Ceme­tery

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Peo­ple who knew 20-year-old Ju­lia Pieroway of Wel­land de­scribe her as lov­ing, bub­bly and strong. She is pic­tured here in a photo taken by one of her best friends, Kayla Za­bor. Pieroway died over the week­end in a sin­gle-ve­hi­cle crash on Big­gar Road in Ni­a­gara Falls. A 22-year-old Wel­land man was sub­se­quently charged with im­paired driv­ing caus­ing death.

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