Young mother killed in Christmas day hit-and-run remembered

10:20 PM, Dec 28, 2013   |    comments
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DENVER-It was a hit-and-run on Christmas day that killed a wife and mother. 

Denver police say they found the driver, Johnny Gilbert, within minutes of the crash. Police say he was drunk.  Investigators are still looking a passenger who was in Gilbert's car at the time of the crash.

Javier Medina, through the help of a translator, spoke for the first time about the morning that changed his family's life forever.

Medina says he and his wife, along with their two young girls went to a Christmas Eve party at their cousin's home. They decided to leave just after midnight to go home. Medina said his girls were eager to get home to see what was under the tree.

Medina's wife, Dora, was driving. She was getting ready to turn left on to Peoria from 51st when Denver police say Johnny Gilbert ran a red light, crashing into the family."

I just remember waking up and having my wife head here on my shoulder. She just opened her eyes and was looking at him without talking. I begged to her please don't do this to me," Medina said.

Dora was rushed to the hospital, but doctors said there was nothing more they could do. Medina was called in to see her before she passed away.

"I couldn't believe it and I don't want to believe it. They let me see her with two minutes left of life," Medina said.

The family says they are leaning on each other to stay strong for one another. They are also struggling to understand why the woman they say was always kind and loving was taken so soon and on Christmas Day.

Medina says his five-year-old daughter has a slight skull fracture, but is resting at home. The family has created a fund at Chase bank. They're trying to raise enough money to send Dora back to Mexico to be laid to rest.

The fund has been set up at Chase Bank. The account is set up under "Dora M. Gaytan" and the number is 634174112

Police say the suspect, Johnny Gilbert, faces charges of vehicular homicide and felony hit-and-run and vehicular assault

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