CMU Student “Always Smiling,” Dies In Car Crash

“She was even smiling when she worked out. She was smiling all the time, in every picture.”

A student’s smile that once lit up the lecture halls of Central Michigan University – gone.

With so much promise ahead of her, a woman studying at CMU was killed in a car crash Thursday morning.

She was 21-years-old.

Taylor Dalian of Canton, Mich., was driving on US 127 through Gratiot County just after 2 a.m.

Gratiot County deputies say her car veered off the road and hit a guardrail.

Alcohol was not a factor.

“She was a one-in-a-million friend, for sure,” says Emily Simpson, one of Taylor’s close friends. “Everybody that came across her path just automatically made friends with her.”

A contagious personality, coupled with a bright a smile, all lingering memories for everyone who knew Taylor Dalian.

“I didn’t know a person that didn’t like her,” Simpson says.

Emily met Taylor when she first came to CMU four years ago.

They also worked together during all of those years.

“I literally just talked to her last night and then at 3 a.m., I get notification of her being gone,” Simpson says. “I just worked with her yesterday. It’s like crazy to think that I am supposed to work with her this weekend.”

Taylor’s passion for animals and taking care of the kids who needed love the most are among Emily’s most favorite memories of her.

“She was so inspiring,” Simpson says. “She worked with children with Down Syndrome. She actually was supposed to graduate in December and she took an internship in Florida to work with children. She was going to go big.”

…And that smile, a friendly face frozen in time in photos Emily now holds close to her heart.

“We went to Faster Horses together,” Simpson says. “We had some crazy times from that and all of my pictures and videos of her and me from that will be cherished forever.”

“Kind of all of our bodies kind of shifted into this state of shock,” says Kathryn Halvorsen, another one of Taylor’s many friends. “We were just numb.”

The news hit others who knew Taylor hard, including Kathyrn.

“Campus isn’t going to feel the same,” Halvorsen says. “You could always find Taylor with a smile. I mean, she was just so genuine and humble. You would walk across campus and it’s like everyone knew her.”

A smile that is gone too soon, but shining forever in memory.

“Didn’t even get to say goodbye,” Simpson says. “You never know when it’s going to be your last with someone.”

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help Taylor’s family pay for funeral costs.

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