Investigators say 22 year-old Soledad Hernandez died during the accident. Family members say Soledad had great things in her future. She dreamed of becoming a teacher and was engaged to be married this summer.
Grief filled the air outside a West Central Fresno church where people remembered the short life of Soledad Hernandez. At the vigil they paid tribute to the 22-year-old who was engaged and planned to get married to David Rojo.
On New Year's Day the couple and two friends were traveling back into town. California Highway Patrol says a horse wandered onto the highway. The driver wasn't able to swerve out of the way and slammed into the animal. The horse hit the windshield they believe the impact killed Hernandez.
The Fresno State student who had a strong faith lost her mom at a young age -- so we spoke with her future mother-in-law who is reeling from the tragic accident. "She's like my daughter. She asked me if I can be her mom and I really loved her. I feel like I lost my daughter," said Consuelo Rojo.