Two weeks after being rushed to the hospital with severe injuries inflicted by a hit-and-run driver, a Stockton woman is dead.
Emma Ramirez’s children are devastated by her passing early Tuesday morning.
They’re also afraid that the person accused of killing their mom may not face the harshest punishment possible because of some hiccups with blood-alcohol testing.
That’s why they plan to be at a Wednesday hearing to stand up for their mom.
“I want justice to be served. This lady left my mom for dead basically,” said Emma Ramirez’ daughter Corinne Flores.
For her and the rest of the Ramirez family, searching for justice is all that’s left now that their mother, grandmother, sister and aunt has lost her 18-day fight for life.
“I just think the person who did it … that’s she’s pretty heartless. To be able to take her out from under her car and then just leave,” said Ramirez’s son Johnny Lucero.
His 59-year-old mother was hit by a speeding car July 19 as she left Stockton’s Union Park and crossed Pilgrim Street.
The impact broke most of her ribs and crushed the right side of her body.
Police say hit-and-run driver Felicia Marie Atad only stopped long enough to pull a stuck Ramirez out from underneath her car.
“She didn’t care. All she cared about was getting her high or her drink on or whatever and she left my mom there to die,” said Flores.
“We thought she was doing better than she was. And then the last four days everything started breaking down,” said Lucero.
The heavily-sedated woman in critical condition that her family’s had to face at county hospital was a far cry from the fun-loving, free spirit they enjoyed growing up.
“My mom had the biggest heart for everybody everywhere. She had the biggest heart. She would open up her home for everyone,” said Flores.
Ramirez, known as ‘Pache’ to her best friends, passed down deep pride in her Mexican-Apache heritage to her three kids.
“Be you. That’s what my mom always told us … never pretend to be someone else,” said Flores.
And right now who they are are warriors – fighting for punishment for the woman accused of taking their mother’s life.
They’re also fighting to give Ramirez a proper farewell. They’ll be hosting some car washes and other events to raise money for their mom’s funeral.
Once those fundraisers are scheduled, look for the line-up right here on FOX40.com