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Accident victim's family speaks about tragedy

33-year-old Roy Salinas 33-year-old Roy Salinas

A family is grieving the loss of their loved one who was killed in a tragic pedestrian accident.

Lubbock Police say Roy Salinas, 33, died after crossing 50th near Avenue W when he was hit by Kenneth Armstrong, 50, driving a white truck.

We've learned Salinas was at a friend's house before the crash. He decided to walk home to bring his mother dinner. Police say he was crossing illegally. 

"It's hard to lose somebody you really, really love," said Roy Salina's mother, Margie Perez.

Salinas was someone she called her best friend, her roommate and her son.

"I couldn't sleep last night. I cried and cried and cried. I told my God I wish it was me, not him," said Perez.

But the unimaginable happened. Perez and her daughter-in-law, Joann Silver, learned Roy Salinas had passed away.

"I didn't believe it had happened. It was hard to take," said Silver.

Witnesses say it all happened so fast.

"He stepped out one second too quick. He wasn't trying to hit him it just happened that way," said Lynona Williams.

The driver, Armstrong called his parents shortly after the accident.

"He called me and just said, gosh mom I just hit a guy, he was just right out in the middle of the street and I just didn't see him and he said I haven't been drinking," said Kenneth Armstrong's mother, Nona Armstrong.

Perez says she doesn't blame the driver, but what happened has left her broken hearted.

"He always said if you are going to go, go with a smile. I said don't say that, don't say that. He was always making me laugh," said Perez.

Police have not said if any charges will be filed against the driver.

They say so far this year there have been six pedestrian collisions. Roy Salinas was the first fatal one. In 2011, there were 46 accidents involving pedestrians and four fatalities.

If you would like to help out Salinas's family with funeral and burial expenses, you can make a donation at any Wells Fargo Bank.

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