This young girl and two of her friends were walking on a path next to a road when they were struck by an intoxicated driver who said he was adjusting his
stereo. The truck veered off the road and struck them. He said he thought he'd hit a deer, stopped and looked for it, and then drove off, somehow not
noticing the three injured teens lying just feet behind his truck. Her friends survived, but Mariah died after being flown to a regional trauma center.

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Mariah Daye McCarthy, 14, surrounded by her loving family, died Sunday, Oct. 28, 2007.

She was born to Leo and Janice (Rademacher) McCarthy, in Butte, on March 12, 1993. She was a freshman at Butte High School. She also attended East
Middle School and Hillcrest Elementary School.

Mariah loved drawing angels, reading fantasy novels, writing short stories, and having fudge parties with her aunt and cousins. She especially loved traveling
with her family. Some of her most memorable trips were to Hawaii, Chicago and New York City. Other favorite vacations often involved her extended family.
Together they enjoyed boating, tubing, Walt Disney World and sight-seeing in Las Vegas, where her "favorite" aunt lost her only $1.

An avid Montana Tech Oredigger fan, Mariah loved attending football games with her dad. When she wasn't with her family, she spent time with close friends
watching movies, eating popcorn and playing kick-the-can. Mariah could also be found bowling, playing volleyball or refereeing games for younger girls at
East Middle School.

One of Mariah's favorite sayings was: Family is the essence that helps define our very identity. Family means believing, loving and supporting each other.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Dan and Gertrude McCarthy, and uncle, Dennis McCarthy.

Mariah is survived by her loving parents, Leo and Janice McCarthy; best friend and sister, Jenna McCarthy; grandparents, Ed and Patti Rademacher; uncles,
Dan, Mark and Steve "Bunny" McCarthy, Ed, Tim, and Dan (Cindy) Rademacher; aunts, Suki McCarthy, Toni (Fred) Witt, Meg (Milt) Ludington, Debbie
Lowrey, Susan (Scott) Woodrow, Julie (Dan) Clifford and Karen (Bob) Bennie; cousins, Adam Garcia, Jobi (Dan) Alewell, Morgan (Lexi) and Mason Witt, Flyn
and Bryr Ludington, Nick and Shea Lowrey, Kristin, Brian and Maria Woodrow and Jessica and Nicole Bennie.