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'Twenty years is hard to type'

Friends, family remember student killed in highway car crash

 by Matt Stone
 published on Monday, April 2, 2007


Putting the life of a loved one into words is not an easy thing to do for Stephanie Boda, sister of Jill Boda, who died in a car crash last week.

"Twenty years is hard to type," Boda said in an e-mail. "There is a lot."

Jill, a 20-year-old ASU nursing sophomore, and her 21-year-old boyfriend and Collins College student Evan Parkison, were killed on the Loop 202 Wednesday evening after a car smashed into their own.

For Boda, a foreign language freshman, the service won't just be about her sister, but her friend as well.

"She was my partner in crime since birth," Boda said. "She was the perfect sister."

Part of what made Jill perfect was her humor, Boda said.

"We would always go get a Xmas tree together, and we never agreed on the tree at first, but we always staked out the biggest ones," she said. "Sometimes she would come by to drop off a receipt for my dad or for no reason at all (secretly to steal my clothes, or steal back the ones I took from her)."

Maghan Goodsell, a nursing sophomore and Jill's friend, said her sense of humor would be what she remembered, too.

"She was the life of everything, always making jokes, always laughing," Goodsell said. "She was a self-proclaimed fashion expert. We'd just sit around and joke all day long about what people were wearing."

And Parkison was just like Jill, Goodsell said.

Parkison and Jill were perfect for each other, Boda said.

"I loved when they came over because they were just so fun to watch, they made me laugh," she said. "They made faces at each other and danced together in the middle of the kitchen, but her dancing looked like she was a sardine jumping up and down holding hands with him. They just flew around in a circle."

When the accident happened, Jill and Parkison were sitting in Jill's parked car in the emergency lane waiting for assistance, according to an Arizona Department of Public Safety report.

A car slammed into the back of Jill's car, sending it across four lanes of traffic into the center barrier where it caught fire, the report stated.

The alleged driver of the vehicle, 25-year-old Tempe man Nicholas Fina, reportedly attempted to flee the scene but was caught by DPS officers who would later charge him with vehicular manslaughter, according to the report.

Whether Fina was impaired at the time of the accident will be determined at a later time, the report stated.

University officials were deeply saddened to learn of Boda's death, said Leah Hardesty, an ASU spokeswoman.

"At this time, we are focused on offering counseling services for those who knew Jillian and working with her family to help ease their pain during this difficult time," she said.

It's not fair Jill had to die, Boda said, because so many people loved her and she was a part of so many people's lives.

"People say this all the time when someone dies. but she was full of life." Boda said.

A service will be held Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. at Tempe Mortuary, 405 E. Southern Ave.

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