Alyssa Elsman was a student at Portage Central High School in Portage, Michigan. After high school Alyssa was planning on attending Western Michigan University.  While in school she worked as a Carhop at Sonic (restaurant). 
Alyssa Elsman was in a relationship with Trevor West at the time of her death. She lived in Portage, Michigan and had a younger 13-year-old sister, Ava Elsman.  . She was a fan of rappers ASAP Rocky and Wiz Khalifa as well as the genre of Dubstep. 
On May 18, 2017 Alyssa Elsman, was visiting the New York City with her family, including her 13-year-year sister, when the speeding car, driven by Richard Rojas, 26, slammed into them and nearly two dozen others as he floored it up to West 45th Street just before noon. 
The siblings were struck on the sidewalk between West 42nd and 43rd streets. Elsman was pronounced dead at the scene and her younger sister was taken to an area hospital for treatment.