A GoFundMe campaign for the family of an 18-year-old woman killed by a hit-and-run driver, who also injured her two friends and killed a horse before fleeing the Mead Valley area, garnered more than $15,000 by Tuesday.
Michelle Leon died on Sunday night when the suspect slammed into her on Markham Street, just east of Alexander Street, according to the California Highway Patrol.
The hit-and-run, which occurred about 9:15 p.m. Sunday, also injured her two friends, 19-year-old Jennifer Romero of Riverside and a teenager, whose name was not disclosed.
Romero is hospitalized with life-threatening injuries, according to CHP Officer Juan Quintero. The youth is recovering at home with minor injuries.
Leon’s friend, Yazbel Salinas, started the GoFundMe on Monday to pay funeral and memorial service expenses.
A total of $15,565 has been raised, according to the page, which can be found at www.gofundme.com/f/michelles-funeral-amp-memorial-service.
According to Quintero, Leon, Romero and the juvenile were walking a horse when the driver of a 1998-2002 gold Nissan Pathfinder going west on Markham Street slammed into them.
“After the collision, the driver of the Nissan fled the scene and continued westbound Markham,” Quintero said. “The Nissan should have a missing front grille, a broken right headlight and a missing front fender flare.”
Leon was pronounced dead at the scene. The horse suffered disabling injuries and had to be euthanized, Quintero said.
Anyone with information about the Nissan or its driver was asked to contact the CHP’s Riverside office at 951-637-8000.
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