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Community remembers Milwaukee woman killed in hit and run

The South Side Milwaukee community is remembering a woman who was killed in a hit-and-run accident on Sunday.

43-year-old Monica Hernandez was on her way to church with her 13-year-old son when an out of control truck struck her vehicle. 

Her teenage son is recovering from a broken wrist as a result of the crash.

A vigil was held outside of La Canoa Restaurant on Tuesday night where Hernandez was killed. 

Friends and family, including Hernandez' niece, Nancy Andrade, are still at a loss as they gathered to pray.

"We still think that she's here with us," Andrade said. 

Milwaukee County's 12th District Supervisor Peggy West was in attendance and says Hernandez' death has shaken the community. 

"This has really affected people," West said. "I mean Lincoln Avenue is a very main street and when you watch the video and see that horrific crash, it just really touched people."

Andrade is hoping the driver, that police have named as Juan C. Mata-Chavez, turns himself into police. 

"They don't know what we are going through and I hope this never happens to their family member or somebody they love," Andrade said. 

If you have any information about Mata-Chavez' whereabouts, police urge you to call police. 

To donate to the Hernandez family, click on the link below to a GoFunMe account set up for them:

https://www.gofundme.com/in-memory-of-monica-hernandez


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