Family Mourns Loss of Woman Killed in La Habra Hit-and-Run

The woman was a mother of three and grandmother

By Christina Cocca and Tena Ezzeddine
|  Sunday, Oct 27, 2013  |  Updated 4:25 PM PDT
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As a 38-year-old mother and grandmother is mourned after being struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver, family and friends hope the person behind the wheel feels remorse for taking away the

As a 38-year-old mother and grandmother is mourned after being struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver, family and friends hope the person behind the wheel feels remorse for taking away the "backbone of the family." "If it was a true accident, (the driver) should have stopped," a friend says. Jane Yamamoto reports from La Habra for the NBC4 News at 11 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013.

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Family Mourns La Habra Hit-and-Run Victim

After a woman was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver in La Habra Friday, her relatives moured the loss of the person they say was "the backbone of the family." Tena Ezzeddine reports from La Habra for the NBC4 News at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013.
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A family is mourning the loss of a woman they call the "backbone of the family" the day after she was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver in La Habra.

Sandra Ceballos, 38, died Friday when the driver struck her near Rigsby Street and Whittier Boulevard, according to the victim's family.

Another woman in her 30s was struck by the driver and was hospitalized.

"My beautiful daughter ... she was the backbone of the family," Ceballos' mother, Lorraine Lopez, told NBC4. "We didn’t expect this."

After the two women were struck in the street, the driver was chased by police for three minutes before crashing near Colima Road and Countrywood Avenue in Hacienda Heights. The car was traveling 90 mph when it crashed.

Police arrested the alleged driver identified as Caroline Kim, 20, of Hacienda Heights.

A passerby called police to alert them of the fleeing driver, and officers tracked down the motorist.

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