After hit and run victim dies, family wants justice

Margaret "Margie" Grimaldo, 49, was hit Thursday night

FRESNO, Calif. - The family of a fatal hit and run victim is speaking out, asking for the driver -- or anyone with information about the incident -- to come forward.

Margaret "Margie" Grimaldo, 49, was rushed to Community Regional Medical Center Thursday around 10 p.m. after California Highway Patrol officers found her on the side of road by the 3000 block of North Cornelia Avenue. Responding officers found she was hit by a vehicle.

Family said Grimaldo was walking on the road to grab milk at the store for one of her children.

"We're sorry that you had to be taken from us this way," said Laura Longhat, Grimaldo's sister. "Who would ever think that something like this would happen, such a tragic accident."

Longhat describes her sister as a loving, caring mother to her six children.

Longhat also said her sister had many severe injuries, including a shattered pelvis and a broken wrist. Grimaldo was taken off life support on Saturday.

"This has been the worst two days of our lives. We never even got to speak to her," she said.

A suspect's vehicle is said to be a pickup truck, a full-size and possibly an older model from the 1990's. It may also have damage on its front bumper or fender from hitting Grimaldo.

Longhat and the rest of her family say they need closure. They need to know what happened to their loved one.

"I don't understand how a person can do this and leave somebody lifeless in the street and not stop to check up on them," Longhat said.

Longhat started a GoFundMe to help with funeral costs. You can find it by clicking here.

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