Hyde Park family mourning after fatal hit-and-run
HYDE PARK, Mass. (WHDH) -- A grieving mother stopped by the spot where her daughter was hit and killed while crossing the street.
Tinesha Julien died early Saturday morning. She was only weeks away from her 23rd birthday.
“They were planning a big party, it was on Facebook and everything, now we're planning a funeral,” said her mother, Avonda Julien.
Julien was crossing River Street in Hyde Park around 5:00 Saturday morning-when she was hit by a black SUV.
Boston Police released photos of the black jeep liberty, as the driver left the scene.
“It’s devastating,” said her mother, “it's not what you want to hear, it’s not what you want to hear about your kid.”
Julien's boyfriend was only a few feet away when she was struck.
He said the driver never even hit the brakes.
“I was woken up by him in the street screaming her name, and looked outside and she was in the middle of the street, and I was just crying, just lying in bed crying,” said neighbor Deja Lodge.
Neighbors dropped off teddy bears and candles. Everyone is hoping police make an arrest soon.
River Street is a busy street during the day, but people who live on the stretch near the intersection where Julien was struck, said at night, it's usually much quieter and much safer.
“It could happen to anybody so I just want to pay my respect,” said Lodge.
Julien recently graduated from nursing school, and has a 2-year old son.
The little boy is now staying with his grandma. Avonda Julien called the driver who refused to stop 'heartless' and said they should turn themselves in.
“’Cause my heart is hurting, and she has a son, a two year old son, that really needs here, but she's gone...she's gone,” whispered Julien.