Not far from us in Worcester, a family is grieving the loss of a loved one killed in what police say was a hit-and-run car accident.
A 55-year-old Springfield grandmother was on her way to spend an Easter weekend with her daughter and grandchildren when she “was killed by a reckless driver who fled the scene,” according to a news report.
The woman was a passenger in a vehicle struck by what police later said was a stolen car driven by a reputed drug dealer. The man was later arrested for leaving the scene of a personal injury accident resulting in death, as well as a charge of drug possession with the intent to distribute.
Police said the driver of the vehicle in which the woman was a passenger suffered non-life-threatening injuries.
The woman’s 32-year-old daughter says she’s struggling to cope with the loss of her mother.
“My mom was my best friend,” she said. “She was so good to me.”
The daughter is struggling with medical issues, she said.
She said she has a brain tumor and that her mother had been helping her fight to regain her health. She said she believes her mother is still with her and her three daughters in spirit, however.
She described her mom as a loving person who would even have forgiven the man allegedly responsible for her death.
The 32-year-old is not as forgiving, she said after seeing the man make his initial court appearance.
She said she’s angry with the man being held on $25,000 bond. “He just seemed very nonchalant,” she said. “He didn’t have any remorse.”
The daughter is not about to forgive or forget, she said.
“I’m going to make sure there’s justice for my mom,” she said.
For some families, pursuit of justice involves wrongful death litigation that holds accountable the person responsible for the loss of their loved one.
Source: WGGB, “Springfield Daughter Remembers Mom KIlled in Hit-and-Run Accident,” April 2, 2013
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