SACRAMENTO, CA - Kitty O'Farrell was just trying to cross the street Monday night to place flowers at a vigil of a man she never met. Tragically, she was hit and killed by a passing car on El Camino Avenue.
Now, two memorials stand just feet from one another in a heartbroken north Sacramento neighborhood.
"It's like, I think I'm going to wake up, and I know I'm not going to wake up now, you know?" said Kelly Deleon who is mourning the loss of her mother.
Deleon said her mother had just picked fresh flowers from a plant outside her home to place at the vigil for 30-year-old Demaris Ingram, who was killed in a car accident the night before.
"She's lived here 50 years, she's crossed that street 50 times, so I don't know why. It's just unimaginable," Deleon said.
O'Farrell just celebrated her 79th birthday on Jan. 22. With three children, eight grandchildren and two great grandchildren, Deleon said her mom was still young at heart.
"[There was] no moss growing underneath her feet. She was on the go all the time," Deleon said.
According to her daughter, O'Farrell loved to travel with her boyfriend of 42 years. They were planning a family trip to Ireland the night she was killed.
O'Farrell is described as an active woman; when she wasn't on the golf course, she often had a glass of wine in her hand, and she recently started painting.
Deleon said her mother was also a proud member of her community. She petitioned years ago to get a traffic light installed near her home on El Camino Avenue, to slow down drivers on the busy corridor connecting I-5 and Capital City Freeway.
Today, alongside that busy street just across from O'Farrell's home, two vigils glow.
"She's been the best mother, the best mother in-law, the best everything," Deleon said. "We miss her and love her."