We're learning more about the victim in Lubbock's first fatal accident of the New Year.
Family members describe 56-year-old Juanita Perez as a loving and giving person. They tell us Perez was walking home on New Year's Eve, when a car hit her just 30 minutes after midnight.
Police say it's still early, but right now, they don't anticipate filing any charges against the driver. One reason for that could be how dark it is on Erskine, where the accident happened. There are no street lights on that stretch of road, and the only way to see in front of you is with headlights.
Perez's family says they're not mad at the driver. They say it was just her time.
"Thank you for everything you've done for me, and I love her..."
Jennifer Perez broke down thinking of how much her grandmother, Juanita, did for her and her family.
"She was a nice lady; she took care of everybody. She was there for us whenever we needed her. When I needed help with my baby, she would always pick him up and just take care of him," Jennifer said.
A half hour into the New Year, Perez was hit by a Lincoln sedan.
"She was walking home," Jennifer said.
She did not know where her grandmother was walking home from.
"I just know that it was like she was walking on the side of the road and they hit her," Jennifer said.
EMS rushed Juanita Perez to University Medical Center, where she later died.
"I just hope she's happy where she is right now, and she's just in all of our hearts, and we miss her and we love her," Jennifer said.
We asked Jennifer if she was angry about her grandmother's death. She says no, and takes comfort in her faith.
"It was just her time," Jennifer said.
Jennifer tells us her grandmother did not have any type of insurance. They've set up a memorial fund in her name. If you would like to give, donations can be made at any City Bank branch.
The driver in this accident, a 28-year-old from Amherst was also treated for injuries.
Again, police are still looking into this case, but right now, they don't anticipate filing any charges.
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