Son remembers woman killed by hit-and-run driver

The son of a woman who died after a car hit her in Ocean View is remembering her while police continue to look for the driver of the car.

NORFOLK, Va. (WVEC) -- The son of a woman who died after a truck hit her in Ocean View is remembering her while police continue to look for the driver of the car.

Emergency crews found 54-year-old Erica Zankli in the street in the 1400 block of East Ocean View Ave. on July 21 around 10:30 p.m.

Her son, Takoda Carter, fought through tears as he spoke with 13News Now's Steven Graves. 

"How can you just leave somebody in the road like that?” Carter said. 

Zankli died one scene.

Norfolk officers still are trying to get information that could help them locate the car and the driver.

Zankli was known around Ocean View as the "Bike Lady". She owned at least two tricycles that many saw her riding. 

“She had joint pain and she had no cartilage in her knees, so riding her bike helped her stay mobile,” said Carter.

The mother was riding her latest addition to her tricycle fleet when she was hit.  

“It had lights, bells and whistles, the whole nine yards. It was for visibility mostly,” Carter explained. 

Now, the 22-year old is left without either of his parents. His dad died at a young age. 

Carter said his mother's legacy lives on through the many young people she helped out. 

“Her life motto was to serve others and give any help in any way that you can," said Carter. "And I want that message to live.”

A stranger who witnessed what happened created a crowdfunding campaign through GoFundme to help raise money for Zankli's family.

If you have any information that could help them, you can call Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.

 

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