OROSI, Calif. (KFSN) --It's been one year since the hit-and-run accident that killed an 80- year-old Orosi woman.
Salud Barrigan was outside of her home getting ready to get inside a car when another car struck and killed her. Her family and friends held a candlelight vigil at the spot where Barrigan was hit.
It was a very emotional day for the family of Barrigan. They gathered to hold a candlelight vigil to honor the woman they said was a mother to everyone. But outside of keeping Barrigan's memory alive the family tells Action News they are still trying to find out who is responsible for taking her life. "When I open the door for her to walk out and she tells me 'I be back' and I look at the door waiting for her to come back-- every day I'm waiting by the door for her to come back," said Sonia Garcia, victims daughter.
Garcia did something she did not anticipate a year ago. She walked with her niece to lay down flowers for her mother, Salud Barrigan, who died suddenly and tragically last year.
Barrigan, who was 80-years-old, was on her way to deliver food to her husband at a rest home. She had just stepped outside of her home on Francis Drive and was getting into the car when she was struck and killed by a driver who took off. "It just hasn't been the same anymore, as small of a community we are someone out there knows something somebody out there knows something, yet, they protect these murderers, these killers, and leave these innocent families out there, you know. We have no justice yet," said Garcia.
The family tells me Barrigan loved life and loved everyone. "She didn't let anyone leave her home without being fed... all these little things. When you walk in her house it's empty," said Emma Barrigan, victim's granddaughter.
The driver who hit Barrigan is still on the run and the family is hoping someone who knows something will see this and report it-- so that they do not have to go one more year without having closure. "We've lost the most important person in our lives. I'm asking you to please come forward. This is my mother and she didn't deserve to go this way," said Garcia.
California Highway Patrol said they still do not have any leads.
They are asking anyone with information to contact them.