CREATED Dec. 19, 2013
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- The Salazar family is still reeling in the loss of their beloved Erika, a 35-year-old mother of two who was hit and killed by a driver as she was walking on a local sidewalk.
After Action News interviewed her husband and children, Las Vegas locals stepped up and agreed to pay for the funeral and burial costs, which the Salazars couldn't afford to do on their own.
Local Richard Sklar is a professional gambler and semi-professional golfer. He was so moved after watching the Salazars' story, that he pledged to pay for the expenses that come with laying her to rest. "Lots of stories hit me hard, but this one, for some reason, was just the hardest," he adds.
Erika's 10-year-old son Brian tells us, "I hope God blesses him."
Her family says she was walking along the sidewalk on Bonanza Road on Dec. 16 when she was struck by a van. She was on her way to pick up her daughter from school.
Las Vegas police say the driver of the van was traveling eastbound on Bonanza Road near Pecos Road, when he ran off the road and hit Salazar.
The van then swerved across all lanes of traffic, crashing into two cars that were parked in the Clark County Family Court parking lot. Salazar died at the scene. Police say the driver of the van passed all field sobriety tests and he denied having a medical episode. For now, a lot of questions remain.
Her husband, Israel, says their home now feels empty. "It's not the same. I just keep looking at her pictures. My daughter tells me to be strong," he tells Action News.
To help ease the pain, Israel's boss, Noel Curry of U.S. Aviation Services Corp., says dozens of his employees have donated hundreds of dollars. "The generosity has been amazing, especially at Christmas time when people are already so short of their own funds because they're spending on Christmas gifts for their loved ones," he adds.
With all the money collected, Erika will now be flown to Guadalajara, Mexico, to be buried. Erika's 15-year-old daughter Belen Treyes says, "I'm happy because I know that she wanted to be buried there."