June 15, 2021

Woman killed in DeSoto crash remembered for helping countless Dallas ISD students go to college

Woman killed in DeSoto crash remembered for helping countless Dallas ISD students go to college…

A Dallas high school community is devastated after a woman who has helped countless teens get on track to go to college lost her life in a car crash.

Dallas ISD colleagues and students are mourning the loss of a woman considered a mentor to many. She died Sunday after DeSoto police say a teenage driver struck her vehicle.

Students and staff and Dallas ISD’s Kimball High School will launch balloons Wednesday in memory of Hanan Ali-Lacy. She worked with students through a program that helps them get into college. She also leaves behind a grieving family and children who will grow up without their mother.

A growing memorial marks the scene where a wife, mother and devout supporter of Dallas ISD students lost her life in a car wreck Sunday.

Miracle Graham, a senior at Kimball High in Southwest Dallas is remembering Hanan Ali-Lacy, who worked at Kimball as part of a non-profit helping students get to college.

“She was like my mentor,” she said. “She made sure I got into my school.”

Ali-Lacy was pulling off Ray Andra Drive onto Pleasant Run Road in DeSoto when a car driven by a 17-year-old boy slammed into her car. The boy’s passenger told police he put his car into sport mode and began speeding. He t-boned Ali-Lacy’s vehicle. She died on scene. 

Tamika Stevenson says Ali-Lacy had just dropped off a graduation gift to her nephew, who lives near the scene of the accident.

“She was like a sister to me. So, I had just gotten off the phone with her probably 20-30 minutes prior,” she said. “Her life revolves around making sure kids got to college, making sure they were well taken care of. She had a personal connection with every student and not just them, their families as well.”

Dallas ISD says Ali-Lacy helped countless kids get into college. She did that for Diamond Edwards, who was so grateful that she returned to work with her.

“Selfless service. That’s what Hanan Ali-Lacy has always represented,” Edwards said. “She would drive you anywhere across the city and the thing is I was not the only student she did that for.”

Police are investigating the crash. Charges could be coming to the teenage driver. He survived but was taken to a hospital. His female passenger had minor injuries. 

You can still see glass and parts of her vehicle on scene. Ali-Lacy’s Jeep rolled over and took out a fence dozens of yards away from the initial impact.

“Family is broken,” Stevenson said. “The community is broken and it’s going to take a long time to heal.”

Now, ones who loved her want to celebrate her.

“She always wanted everybody to be great. She was a great person to everybody,” Graham said.

A balloon release will be held her at Kimball High on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.