Los Angeles ABC affiliate KABC7 reports that a beloved street vendor was struck and killed in a crash involving a driver suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol.
A family representative told reporters that the single mother of three was well-known for the churros she sold from her food cart in the downtown area. While on her way to work on Sunday, January 22, she was struck by a motorist.
Paramedics and police responded to the crash and declared the woman dead at the scene.
The driver that hit her was also injured in the accident and was rushed to an area hospital for treatment. The driver was arrested and charged with DUI upon their release. So far, authorities have not released the identity of the suspect.
According to a son of the victim said that she loved to work and that she was a good and kind person, always willing to help anyone who would ask.
The woman’s surviving children and her husband are still in a state of shock over the tragedy. The family’s grief was only intensified when a detective working on the case informed them that the suspect was released on bail.
“That hurts us because he took someone’s life,” her son said. “That’s my mother…..my mother’s life.”
The family has since held a fundraiser and established a GoFundMe page to help them with funeral expenses. The community has rallied around the family to help them meet their financial goal.