Saturday, April 14, 2012 | 12:55 p.m.
- Pedestrian struck, killed in northeast valley (April 13, 2012)
A 63-year-old mother of eight was killed Friday night near Owens Avenue and Mojave Road when a car jumped the curb of the sidewalk and stuck her in front of her son.
Theresa Valdez was walking home with her 21-year-old son Marcelino at approximately 5:40 p.m. when a driver lost control of her 2005 Dodge Neon and hit Valdez, according to Metro Police and family members.
“We’re not even safe on sidewalks,” said Doris Staples, 31, who is related to the Valdez family by marriage.
Valdez was rushed to University Medical Center Trauma where she was pronounced dead, police said.
The 23-year-old driver stayed on scene. Police have not confirmed whether any arrests were made in this incident.
Valdez and her son were on their way back from wiring money to a daughter in Mexico when the collision occurred, Staples said.
“(Her son) tried to pull her away but it was too late,” Staples said. “He’s the one that’s really devastated.”
The two did this every two weeks, Staples said. “They don’t own a car, so they would always walk.”
Three of Valdez’ children live in Mexico and the other five live with her, said Staples, adding that Valdez has two teen sons here who are disabled.
“She was such a caring person,” said Staples, adding that the 63-year-old mother loved to cook.
“They didn’t have much, but they always tired to have people around and family around,” she said.
Funeral arrangements have not yet been made and the family is concerned about costs, Staples said.
“They have no money at all,” said Staples, adding that her husband has been out of work.
Marcelino Valdez is setting up a fund at Bank of America where donations can be made.