More than 100 people gathered in a San Francisco park Thursday evening to honor a young mother who was run over and killed by a city gardener driving a work truck almost a month ago.
35-year-old Christy Svanemyr was sunning herself under a tree with her infant daughter and family dog when she was run over by a city pickup truck driven by 57-year-old Thomas Burnoski, a gardener for the Parks and Recreation Department.
The driver left the scene, making it a hit-and-run.
The senseless death of Svanemyr fueled Thursday night's campaign to make parks safer.
The group of supporters gathered at Holly Park in the Bernal Heights where the fatal accident happened on September 5. Their outrage is being channeled into a push to make the park safer.
"My wife dying changed my world" Vagar Savondmyr told KTVU. "The support is what makes this possible for me."
Regular park-goer Nathanial Riley told KTVU he was outraged by Burnoski's actions.
"For him to drive off the trail and run over her and leave the scene? There is no way possible for him not to know what he hit," Riley said.
He was also shocked that Burnoski was free on bail and has not been charged by prosecutors.
The DA's office told KTVU it is still evaluating the evidence and that Burnoski will eventually face charges. The question is whether they will be felony or misdemeanor charges.
The victim's husband said he hasn't thought about Burnoski. He told KTVU he is dazed by his loss and by his blessings.
The community raised more than $70,000 for the Svanemyr family on Indiegogo, a gesture he said he never expected.
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