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Courtney was a bright 11 year old girl. She had a wonderful family and was looking forward to her first Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. She would never see her parade. Courtney was hit and killed by a hit and run driver while crossing the street. The driver would later turn herself in. The driver had a suspened licence and had been drinking. It is thought that the driver had heroin in her system as well. The driver would only face a maxium of 7 years in prison for killing Courtney.The Courtney Sipes Memorial Foundation was made in honor of her.  


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Birth:  Sep. 10, 1998, USA
Death:  Nov. 24, 2009
New York, USA

Courtney Renee Sipes, age 11, of Smithtown, New York, died tragically on Tuesday, November 24, 2009. Beloved daughter of Lavena and Tracy Sipes. Loving sister of Cameron. Dear granddaughter of Max and Irene Mull and Robert and Jewell Dean-Sipes.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM on Friday, December 4, 2009, Funeral services will be held at 10:00 AM on Saturday, December 5, 2009, at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Forest Hills Memorial Park.
Hours before she was killed by a hit-and-run driver who was high on heroin, 11-year-old Courtney Renee Sipes of Smithtown had dreamed of her upcoming first trip to the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, her mother said Wednesday.

Now, Thanksgiving and other holidays are troubling reminders of Courtney's tragic death on Nov. 24, 2009, Lavena Sipes said.

The mother spoke before Maureen Lambert,...
Maureen Lambert (20) killed an 11 year old girl, while driving drunk and then surrendered to police a full day after the accident because she "realized that the noose was tightening around her neck"

A surveillance video and a hood emblem helped detectives track down a suspect.

A surveillance video and a hood emblem from a sport utility vehicle led detectives to arrest a suspect in the hit-and-run death of a Smithtown girl, a prosecutor said Thursday.

The suspect, Maureen Lambert, 20, of Stony Brook, had just finished a court-ordered driver safety course and had a suspended license when her 6,800-pound Chevrolet Avalanche hit Courtney Sipes, 11, Tuesday night.

The impact threw the child "a considerable distance," authorities said. Records show Lambert's history of dangerous driving and personal injury accidents began at age 17.


Turned herself in

She surrendered to police a full day after the accident because Lambert "realized that the noose was tightening around her neck before she turned herself in," Suffolk police Det. Sgt. John Twiname said.

Twiname said Lambert had a passenger in the SUV, and that he is cooperating with the police.

Hands cuffed behind her back, Lambert spoke tearfully during her arraignment in First District Court in Central Islip Thursday morning. The judge ordered her held on $250,000 bail on one felony count of leaving the scene of a fatal accident. If convicted she could face up to 7 years in prison.

A prosecutor told the judge that Lambert is connected to a person or people with a link "to narcotics," but gave no details. Lambert waited more than 24 hours before showing up at the Suffolk Police Fourth Precinct station house, and she was once charged with using a vehicle without the owner's consent, the prosecutor said.

A security video shows the girl crossing the street, being hit by the Avalanche K1500 SUV, and being thrown "a considerable distance in front and to the side," the prosecutor said in court.

Lambert didn't stop, but drove away aggressively and tailgated another vehicle before making an abrupt turn, law enforcement authorities said. She later saw that the impact of the girl's body damaged the truck's grill and a headlight and knocked off the hood emblem, the prosecutor said, maintaining that Lambert was clearly "aware of the fact" that she'd hit someone.

Authorities said Lambert, who was represented by a public defender in court yesterday, left the Avalanche somewhere other than at her family's home, and only after detectives talked to her father did she surrender. She was arrested at 9:32 p.m. Wednesday.

Lambert's record of moving violations and accidents began not long after she got her license, motor vehicle records show. She had two accidents in 2006, in October and December. No details were immediately available Thursday. Also in 2006, she was ticketed for running stop signs, in July and August.

She had another spate of problems this year, motor vehicle records show. In June Lambert was ticketed for an unsafe lane change and tailgating, and though she took an accident prevention course in September, her license was suspended in October because she didn't pay her fines. That suspension was to have been lifted on her 21st birthday, on Sunday. On May 31, she was charged with using a vehicle without the owner's consent, state court records show.

In the courtroom, Lambert said she works as a secretary.


Father offers condolences

Outside the courtroom her father, John Lambert, 59, the SUV's owner, offered condolences to Courtney Sipes' family: "Our heart goes out to them," he said.

A boy who answered the door at the Sipes home yesterday said the family did not want to talk.

On Main Street in Smithtown on Thanksgiving Day a small pile of roses, teddy bears and miniature Christmas trees marked the place where the girl died. A note on one of the stuffed animals said, "God has a new angel. Courtney Sipes. RIP 11.24.09."



Forest Hills Memorial Park
Saline County
Arkansas, USA

Created by: James C.
Record added: Dec 03, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 45062207


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