Anaheim hit-and-run
Anaheim police are circulating this surveillance photo of the car that allegedly hit and killed a mother. Courtesy photo

Story Updated at 6 a.m.. Nov. 3, 2014

Relatives of a 44-year-old mother of eight killed by a hit-and-run driver in a white pickup truck in Anaheim over the weekend say she might have stopped to feed homeless people before she was struck.

The Orange County coroner’s office identified the woman struck while riding her bicycle as Daniella Palacios of Anaheim.

Police circulated a surveillance camera image of a large white pickup truck whose driver stopped briefly and then sped away after striking and killing Palacios about 9:10 p.m. Saturday as she rode her bicycle west across Magnolia Avenue south of La Palma Avenue, said Anaheim police spokesman Lt. Bob Dunn.

She was taken to UC Irvine Medical Center in Orange, where she was pronounced dead shortly before 1 a.m. Sunday, Dunn said.

Family members told NBC4 Palacios was on her way to visit a family friend and may have stopped to feed homeless people when she was struck. Her mother, Julie Lopez, said Palacios was temporarily homeless and “never forgot about people in need. She would help feed the ones that didn’t have.”

Family members said she had eight children between 9 and 28 years old and 11 grandchildren.

“She was a good mom to all her kids and grandkids,” said daughter Elaina Garcia. “She was there for every older sibling and younger sibling.”

Dunn asked anyone with information on the hit-and-run driver to call Orange County Crimestoppers at (855) TIP-OCCS. All tips can be made anonymously.

— City News Service

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