SACRAMENTO — Family of the woman killed in a hit-and-run on the 7200 block of Gloria Drive late Friday night identify her as 26-year-old Elise Eastman.
“She was amazing … one of the most, the most amazing women I’ve ever known, she was, uh. She was, she was a leader. She was most comfortable when she was instructing, teaching someone,” Eastman’s boyfriend Joel Romo said.
Sacramento Police are still looking for the driver who they believe pulled out of an apartment complex parking lot at 9:45 Friday night and hit Eastman on her motorcycle. They say both that driver and Eastman were traveling northbound on Gloria Drive. Eastman was transported to the hospital with life threatening injuries. Her family told FOX40 she went into a coma and died early Sunday morning.
“It’s hard to hate. I can’t even hate right now, it don’t change nothing. It don’t bring her back,” Romo said.
Romo said Eastman was a personal trainer at Fitness Systems on Sutterville Road, and also taught classes at the P20 Hot Pilates studio on P Street in Midtown. She was also a competitive body builder, who recently placed first in her class at the Sacramento Northern California Championships.
Eastman’s mother told FOX40 that her daughter had so many prospective clients that she had to turn some down. She also said that her daughter squeezed a life time of accomplishments into her 26 years on earth, and was now moving onto her next gig.
“What she could have done with 60, 70 more years…,” Romo said.
Romo was so distraught about his girlfriend’s death he said he had not yet been able to think about how she died and who left her body in the roadway.
But neighbors who saw the aftermath of the hit-and-run, including some who waited by Eastman’s side until paramedics arrived, said they were so horrified by what happened to her that they were looking for the suspects’ car in the surrounding area themselves.
“As neighbors, we know who lives here, who comes in and out of the neighborhood. I just, I really wanted them to know that we’re looking,” neighbor Sadie Hutchison said.
Sacramento police said whoever hit Eastman was likely driving a late model silver Honda or Hyundai with damage to the driver’s side door. Based on witness accounts and where Eastman was found, they believe the suspect pulled out of the driveway at the Gloria Drive Apartments, hit her, and then fled.
If you have any information about the hit-and-run, you can contact the Sacramento Police Department via the Hit-and-Run tip line at (916) 808-6030, the dispatch center at (916) 264-5471, crime alert at (916) 443-HELP (4357), or you can submit an anonymous tip using the free “P3 Tips” smartphone app. Caller can also remain anonymous and may eligible of a reward of up to $1,000.
“It’s not an accident if you leave someone behind. I hope someone comes forward because these people deserve some peace and some answers,” Hutchison said.
“She was never less than excellence. First place in everything she did. She was the only woman I ever loved, I can tell you that honestly,” Romo said.
Romo’s family has set up a Go Fund Me account for Eastman’s funeral expenses. If you would like to donate, click the link below: