NORTH HAMPTON — Bailey "Baylie" Grogan was looking forward to her sophomore year as a University of Miami pre-med student, consumed by books on neuroscience as she prepared for the start of the semester.

Two days before school began, Baylie, 19, was struck by a car Aug. 19, suffering a traumatic brain injury and she did not recover. She died Sept. 27 at Massachusetts General Hospital after 41 days in a coma, having been transported by flight from a hospital in Miami weeks before.

Now, her family is focusing on celebrating Baylie's life, remembering her as a kind, thoughtful and hard-working teen with a bright future. A private service will take place for family and friends this week, according to her stepfather, Scott Baker.

"She is present within our house everywhere," Baker said. "Her mother and I continue to live trying to understand that she's not here anymore."

Baylie and her family have lived in North Hampton since about four years ago when Baker married Baylie's mother, Shawnee. Baylie was a lifeguard and hostess at the Wentworth by the Sea Country Club and was taking classes over the summer at the University of New Hampshire to earn credits toward her education at Miami. She attended the Kent School, a boarding school in Connecticut. She was passionate about literature, medicine and equestrian riding and was a member of the University of Miami equestrian team. She was part of Zeta Tau Alpha sorority, as well as Phi Delta Epsilon International Medical Fraternity.

Baylie and her mother, originally from Toronto, moved about four years ago to Boston where Shawnee met Baker, leading to their marriage. Baylie and Baker developed a close bond quickly, from Baker helping Baylie with physics problems to their shared interest in exotic cars. Baker recalled texting pictures back and forth with Baylie of cars they would see on the Seacoast.

Baylie loved learning and school at an early age and knew early in her childhood she wanted to be a doctor. She took pride in completing a physics course this summer that allowed her to switch her major to neuroscience starting in her sophomore year. She was also known for resiliency, her college essay a reflection on life was titled "Fall Down 7 Times, Stand Up 8."

The night of the crash, Baylie was returning from a classmate's birthday party to return to school. She was crossing the street when the driver struck her, Baker said.

The crash occurred at 3:12 a.m. in the southbound lane of Route 1 in Coral Gables where the university is located, according to officer Kelly Denham of the Coral Gables Police Department. Denham said the crash was not a hit-and-run as the driver who struck Baylie stayed on scene and no charges have been filed in the case. She said the crash is still under investigation.

Baker said it was a "strange but tragic twist of fate" that Baylie was reading several books this summer on how trauma affects the brain. One bookmarked page contained a neurological research study she would become a part of as a patient. The study included the neuro team at Mass General that would ultimately lead her care.

"Baylie would have wanted a front-row seat on her medical assessment, treatment and prognosis," Baker wrote on a GoFundMe page. "Unfortunately, she was the subject, and not the practitioner."

The Bakers have received an outpouring of support since Baylie was hospitalized, including people Baylie's family had never met. The U.S. Olympic equestrian team sent a card to the Bakers shortly after the accident.

The aunt of one of Baylie's friends who climbed Mount Everest sent the Bakers a prayer flag retrieved from the top of the mountain – a coveted item only available to those who complete the trek to the mountain's summit.

"This woman had never met Baylie," Baker said. "People do such thoughtful things."