Candlelight vigil held for 2 street vendors killed in North Highlands crash

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NORTH HIGHLANDS, Calif. (KTXL) — A family begs for answers after two sisters were killed when a teenage driver lost control of their car while trying to beat a yellow light Friday afternoon, investigators said.

On Saturday night, that family held a candlelight vigil in hopes something positive comes out of the tragedy.

Sheila Berry, 60, and Ethel Riley, 56, of Carmichael, were together Friday afternoon at their sports apparel business at the intersection of Watt Avenue and Don Julio Boulevard when investigators said a teenager lost control of their vehicle, struck the vendor stand and killed them.

For Kristine Kaestner, the news of her sisters-in-law being gone is hard to take.

“This is wrong, this is really wrong,” Kaestner said. “They are always together, and they are still together.”

Officials aren’t exactly sure what speed she was traveling but said witnesses think it was between 40 and 60 mph as they tried to make a yellow light.

At the vigil, family and friends remembered how loving, sweet and caring the sisters were.

“You can come and want this shirt, this $15 shirt and only have a $1, and my sister-in-law will give it to you and told you to keep your dollar,” Kaestner said. “I loved my sisters; I will always love them.”

While they can’t bring Sheila and Ethel back, the family demands safety improvements be made at this intersection to prevent something like this from happening to anyone again.

“Something needs to be done, we need speed bumps on Don Julio, we absolutely need speed bumps,” Kaestner said. “Watt Ave needs to be monitored.”

Investigators said they don’t believe drugs or alcohol was a factor in the crash.

The family has set up a Gofundme for funeral expenses. Tap or click here if you want to donate.  

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